Stephan Kohl, Regent Rotwein, Deutscher Wein, Neumagen-Dhron, Mosel, Germany, 2010
Firstly a word on regent .. a hybrid (non-vinifera) variety developed in 1967, approved for German quality wine production in 1996. It has good disease resistance, similar to another hybrid, seyval blanc. A deep hue is characteristic, as is moderate acidity, and regent takes well to oak.
This wine: varietal regent, aged in 30% new oak and 70% second use, Nomacorc closure, 12% abv, ex-producer €6.50 (2012)
Consumer tasting note: a deftly oaked nose of sweet toast and spice, then liquorice, creamy black cherry and stewed berries; light-medium bodied, low-key tannins, and acidity just right, with a palate of black and red berries, liquorice and a discrete oaky undertone. Medium finish.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity garnet, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of low-key sweet toast, spice, liquorice, cream-edged black cherry, stewed red berries, a little smoky, anise, old polished wood.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe medium (-) tannins, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium intensity, a velvety texture and a sense of sweetness in mid-palate, with flavours of black berry, black cherry, dried red cherry, liquorice, touch of smoke and a discrete woody undertone. A medium length, with a clean low-key grippy stewed berry finish, with a slight nuttiness on the end.
Quality: good, a good synthesis of acidity and tannins with alcohol, in keeping with the flavour intensity; showing signs of age with a (just into) garnet hue, with decent complexity, well-integrated oak and tertiary dried and stewed fruit notes. A middling concentration. Overall, an interesting wine, with some evolution, but lacking in concentration and length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – the concentration and length are simply not there.