Weingut Schatzel Riesling 2016
This is Kai Schätzel’s entry-level Riesling, but do not be fooled, it is a cracker and worth every penny.
The Schätzel family has been producing wine since 1350, making them the oldest winemaking family in the Rheinhessen, which sits in a loop of the River Rhein near Mainz. Kai Schätzel took over his family’s 10 hectare estate in 2008, made up mostly with Riesling planted on the red slate soils around the town of Nierstein He set about transforming it to organic and biodynamic farming. Being hands on in the vineyards he picks when there is less sugar in the grapes meaning less alcohol and a higher acidity level, which stabilizes the ageing process and delivers a refreshing drinking pleasure. Kai hand picks and carefully select the grapes, crushing them by foot and taking the juice to his 800-year-old cellar, where they ferment with wild yeasts in large oak barrels, 600-1200l, some of which are up to 50 year’s old, Kai knows from experience that different vineyards wines ferment better in different casks in either the warmer or cooler parts of his cellar, they ferment for between 2-3 months until most of the natural sugar has turned to alcohol. This dedication shines out in his wines which are some of the very best on the market.
This is Kai Schätzel’s entry-level wine, but do not be fooled, it is a cracker and worth every penny. Vibrant green apples, citrus minerality with discreet kerosene notes. Medium-light body with refreshing acidity balanced by a hint of residual sugar, this is delicious. So flexible, delicious as an aperitif or with lots of dishes.
|Colour / Type||White|
|Bottle Size||Bottle (75cl)|
|Maturity||Drinking now but could keep too|
|Style||Light-medium bodied, Aromatic, Dry|