Markus Molitor, Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett, Mosel 2017


Do not be fooled: this is maturing Riesling that is simply wonderful.

It's not too old, in spite of its age; not too complicated, in spite of its title; not too sweet, in spite of its residual sugar and low alcohol; and it's certainly not too austere to dive into and enjoy with almost any cuisine, or none.

This is single-site, traditionally-made, classic, fine and perfectly balanced Riesling. Made in the off-dry Feinherb style, it is an elegant, fruity wine that has added complexity because of the lees-aging, which also increases its aging potential. But that's what they said when it was bottled! Now it is showing signs of age in the bottle, there are flavours that you want from Riesling, a flavour family called Terpenes, that show as lime peel, kerosene, sherbet and honey.

The name is actually far simpler than at first glace: Kabinett is the style name that describes the sugar level of the sample sent to the testing centre, which in the case of Kabinett is the lowest of the sugar-weights; Himmelreich means heaven, or heavenly kingdom, which is a local name given to the vineyard spot that they think is best; Zeltinger means that the wine comes from the village of Zelting - it is the adjective form, see?! So in total you have: Markus Molitor (the winemaker) and his Kabinett Riesling from the Himmelreich vineyard in the town of Zelting. On the Mosel River...

It is rare to find wine in this condition, with this age, perfectly stored, from such high quality and at a really good price.

It is clear and fresh, fine and tart Riesling combining smoky, slate notes with piquant acidity and a wonderfully yellow-fruit interplay between sweetness and acidity.

Get it while you can.

Region: Mosel

Country: Germany

Grape(s): Riesling

Style: Vibrant, Off Dry, Mineral, Medium-Light, Fruity, Fresh, Electric, Crisp, Complex, Bright

Best food matches: Squid, Spicy, Seafood, Scallops, Sausages, Salads, Poultry, Pork, Mature Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Fine Dining

Alcohol: 9.5%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.