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About This Wine
The site is situated on a sunny, terraced slope overlooking Deidesheim. It has an east- to southeast-sloping terrace that has formed over thousands of years from sandstone rubble. The distance from the mountain's edge, together with its exposed position gives it a long day in the sun from early morning to late evening. The vineyard is also very sheltered by the surrounding Ruppertsbergmountain, making Reiterpfad Christmann's warmest vineyard. The combination of high temperatures and barren, red and yellow sandstone soils gives Reiterpfad wines their lavish fruitiness and opulence. The wines are dense, complex and extremely long, while the rounded fruit acid lends the wine a spirited elegance.Their aromas are pretty joyous in youth but only a few years of bottle age will reveal their true quality.
About German Wines
Germany is the world’s northernmost fine wine producing region and thus requires its vines to endure some of the coldest temperatures. Fortunately, the country’s star variety, Riesling, does well in cooler climates and can survive even these freezing winters.
Germany Riesling is classified by ripeness at harvest which is also used to indicate the wine’s level of residual sugar. Picking earlier means the grapes have less time to ripen and the corresponding wines will be on the drier side; while picking later gives the grapes the opportunity full ripen and produce a lusciously sweet Riesling. The classifications from driest to sweetest: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). While not as common to age white wines outside of Chardonnay, top tier German Rieslings can be aged for decades.
Other notable white grape varieties produced in Germany include Müller-Thurgau (a cross between Riesling and Madelaine Royale in the search for varieties that could withstand the extreme temperatures), Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The cooler German climate leads to earlier harvesting in general and gives German wines a distinctive character of higher acidity.
Historically red wine has always been harder to produce in the German climate. However, Pinot Noir grown in slightly warmer pockets of the country, has been highly successful in recent times. Going by the German name, Spätburgunder, German Pinot Noir can be elegant, structured and have vibrant acidity.