On the drier side, this Riesling still displays the sweetish nature of the grape revealing juiciness and stone slate, with a deep layering of kiwi, citrus, honey, nut oil, and mineral flavors.
The most northerly of the wine-growing countries? Germany. Germany produces some of the loveliest, lightest and most delicate food friendly white wines in the world. Low in alcohol, German wines and exquisitely balanced, they are wines of charm and subtle nuances. The history of fine German wines began with the ancient Romans who conquered the region about 100 B.C. and started cultivating grapes soon thereafter. In the Middle Ages the monastic orders established many of Germany's finest vineyards and, with their meticulous care of the vines and wines, set the standard for the high quality of German viticulture. The wines of Germany are extremely diverse, although they bear a family resemblance. Tasting is the best way to appreciate the special character of German wines, as well as to understand the subtle differences which distinguish a Rhine wine from a Mosel wine, or a Riesling from a Silvaner, or a simple table wine from a late-harvested wine. The three prominent wine growing regions within Germany are Pfalz, Mosel Saar Ruwer, Rheingau. Germany uses a classification system (QmP) designating the level of grape ripeness and sugar concentration at the time of harvest as follows (ascending order): Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein.