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About This Wine
The fruit for 2020 Villa Wolf Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site, called Königswingert (“King’s Vineyard”), but is labelled only with the village name. This excellent site lies just to the north of the village and is rated as a premier cru vineyard. Because of its very early start, the 2020 growing season caused some viticultural concerns from the very beginning but thanks to the intuition and exertions of our a dedicated vineyard team, it turned out to be extraordinary. Villa Wolf winemaker Patrick Möllendorf says 2020 “reminds me a lot of the harmonious 2012 vintage, which had conditions that were almost as ideal as this year and produced wines that now show enormous aging potential”.
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.