Monday, November 1, 2010
Steigelmann Gimmeldinger Meerspinne Riesling Kabinett Halb-tr. (pfalz) (semi-sweet) 2009
This wine is made from Reisling grapes from the well know wine-producing region Palatinate (German: PFALZ), source of Gimmeldinger Meerspinne. This wine is produced from the same area as the earlier Gerwurtraiminer Splatlese and I shall not elaborate on the region.
Kabinett is a German language wine term for a wine which is made from fully ripened grapes of the main harvest, typically picked in September, and are usually made in a light style. In the German wine classification system, Kabinett is the lowest level of Prädikatswein, lower in ripeness than Spätlese. A German Kabinett is semi-sweet (lieblich) by default, but may be dry (trocken) or off-dry (halbtrocken) if designated so.
Halbtrocken means "Half-dry" in German; wines intentionally made with less than the typical amount of residual sugar.
This wine pairs well with chocoloates.