Mosel wine region
Pretty much everywhere in Germany is known for its Riesling, but the Mosel’s reputation rests on nothing else. Rieslings from here have a delicacy and purity unmatched elsewhere.
This is one of the most northerly wine regions in the world, with bitter winters and merely warm summers - the average daytime temperature in July is 18°C. The vineyards are planted on precipitous south- and southwest-facing slopes above the river to maximise the vines’ exposure to the sun, and to benefit from sunlight reflected from the water. The slopes also protect against spring frosts which could kill the vine buds, by allowing freezing air to drain away down to the river.
The dark, porous slate soils help by soaking up the sun during the day and re-radiating it onto the vines at night. They also soak up and drain away any excess rainfall. It’s only this combination of slope, aspect, water and soil that make it possible to ripen Riesling here at all.
Less favoured sites are planted with Muller-Thurgau and Elbling, which are much less fussy. Unfortunately, their wine is so much inferior that it has damaged the reputation of Mosel (and German) wine in general, depressing the prices that the wines will fetch. Even the top producers struggle to make money; these vineyards are the steepest in the world and consequently the most expensive to work.
Decanting Club wines from: Mosel
Andreas Bender, Dajoar Riesling
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