Peter Jakob Kuhn Riesling Trocken GG Doosberg 2021

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About This Wine

The Oestricher Doosberg is a closed site that is not cut through by streams or valleys. It is separated from the Rhine by the federal road, to the north it extends far up to the Hallgartener Jungfer, to the west it borders on the Oestricher Lenchen. Arable land and the Hattenheimer Schützenhaus parcel limit the location to the east.

The soil is a mixture of clay, stones, gravel terraces and primeval sandbars. Kühn's one-hectare plot is just 150 meters from the Rhine on a gently sloping southern slope. Vines were planted here as early as the 14th century, and since then badgers, from which the name Doosberg derives, will only stray into the vineyard when the grapes are ripe. Peter Kühn specifically promotes deep rooting in the soil and thus the prerequisite for his vines to be able to lift this "treasure of the soil".

The Rhine, which is very wide at this point, acts as a heat store and complements the effect of the sun's rays. This parcel has one of the best microclimates in the Rheingau.

In order to express the origin of the wines in an unadulterated manner, the musts go into spontaneous fermentation with the grapes' own yeasts without any manipulation of sweetness or acidity. This is the only way to create a precise image of the natural diversity and vitality. The must is fermented spontaneously and matures in large wooden barrels for almost two years.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Riesling
Country Germany
Region Rheingau
Brand Peter Jakob Kuhn
Vintage 2021

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.

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