Koehler-Ruprecht Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spatlese Trocken 'R' 2018 (75cl)Koehler-Ruprecht
"The 2018 Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese trocken R is clear, deep and very intense on the nose that reminds me of vanilla, salt, caramel and stracciatella as well as crushed stones. Silky, lush and intense on the palate, this is a tight, fresh and mineral Saumagen with richness and power but also finesse and elegance and so much tension! There are fine tannins and some bitters on the sustainable finish, both of which will integrate with bottle age as will the (extract) sweetness. 12.5% alcohol. Tasted from AP 1619 in July 2020." - Stephen Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)
Koehler-Ruprecht upholds many age-old traditions, such as adhering to the traditional way of labelling their wines. They continue to use the designations of Kabinett, Spatlese, and Auslese ¬– differentiating the ripeness of the grapes when picked – followed by the word trocken, which means dry. When this type of labelling was banned by the organisational body, the VDP, Koehler-Ruprecht felt so passionately about it, they left the organisation after nearly eighty years of membership.
Dominik Sona now manages the estate, with the help of cellar master Franziska Schmitt, and they are in the process of converting entirely to biodynamics. In the cellar, the winemaking is traditional and low intervention. Hand-picked grapes are spontaneously fermented, and the wines are aged in large old barrels on their lees for at least eight months. There are no additions or chaptalisation and only light filtering. The resulting wines are incredibly age-worthy and beautiful dry expressions of the Riesling grape.
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