Feinherb is a relatively new German descriptor meaning “off-dry.” This example is light straw in colour with a spicy, minerally, floral nose of sweet limes; it’s light-bodied, with a honeyed grapefruit flavour. Good value for the price.
Heady white florals, petrol and pear skin lead off this cool, young, dry Riesling, from a 600-year-old+ wine estate in Trier. Quince, mandarin and spiced yellow apple pick up on the medium-bodied, bright and crunchy palate, one corseted with fine bones and lingering with a hum of minerality. Vineyards from the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer are utilized in the RK blend, their "entry-level" cuvée.
With a sheen of petrol and a surge of honey, this Mosel Riesling opens with a potency that carries through to the finish. Light flinty smoke, rich pear, light white florals and spiced quince paste are tempered with a thin frame of bitter herbs. From a steep southwest-facing slope of medium deep, stony, loamy weathered schist, this absorbs the sunshine and reflects it back in powerful wines like this one. This Kabinett balances out 91 g/l RS with 8 g/l acidity in a tidy 8% alcohol bottle. Delish now, and over the next decade.
This Pinot Blanc, or Weissburgunder as it's known in Germany, opens with tight green apple, ripe yellow apple, slate and bitter melon notes. Tight and narrow with a bitter citrus cut, but with a cushion of cream and lees that floods and textures the palate floor. The finish is sparse, much like this wine itself.
Elegant floral scent suggestive of honeysuckle together with subtle tropical fruit lead the way for expansive honeyed yellow fruits with ripe pear, lemon citrus and some tropical character. Rounds out with deftly balanced acidity and a touch of residual sweetness.
White gold in colour with a minerally, lime and white peach nose lifted with a light floral note. Light-bodied and off-dry with honey and green-apple flavours.
For my palate, one of the best all-year-round white wines is a German Riesling of Kabinett quality because it’s low in alcohol and its vibrant acidity makes it very refreshing. This Riesling is straw-coloured with a hint of lime; it has a spicy-minerally nose of honey and citrus fruits with a light petrol note. On the palate it’s off-dry with a honeyed grapefruit flavour and is beautifully balanced.