We look back at off-dry Riesling in the 2016 vintage and share our list of not-to-be-missed vintage highlights.
Off-dry Riesling is an almost Mosel-only speciality (although for instance Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich does give the Mosel a good run for its money). The balanced acidity and ripeness of the vintage made the 2016 off-dry Riesling start their life on the slightly cuddly side, especially in the Middle Mosel. However, there are some true stunner in the making.
The performance of Hofgut Falkenstein cannot be praised enough. This Estate excels at the light delicately off-dry and racy rendition of Saar Riesling and delivered some stunning Feinherb wines in 2016, including the possibly three finest wines of the vintage.
The other specialist of off-dry Riesling, Stefan Steinmetz (Weingut Günther Steinmetz) did also remarkably well in 2016. Alone or in collaboration with Christian Hermann (Weingut Dr. Hermann) and Martin Gerlach (Weingut Gerlachs Mühle), he landed no less than four wines on our list of vintage highlights.
Finally, one does not talk often about the Weinhof Herrenberg in Schoden (Saar). The quality it achieved in 2016 is nicely underlined by its Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Feinherb Steinmetzrausch, which made it onto our list of vintage highlights.
2016 offers many great wines to satisfy one’s cravings for stocking up on these off-dry wines which are so food-friendly and age beautifully well.
We provide here the off-dry Riesling highlights from the 2016 vintage (for the number lovers: potentially 93 pts or more at maturity).
Our detailed reports on the 2016 vintage (Issue No 35, Issue No 36, Issue No 37 and Issue No 38) will help you to navigate through the offers of Kabinett on the market as they provide detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates.
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