Monday, November 1, 2010

Steigelmann Gimmeldinger Meerspinne Riesling Kabinett Halb-tr. (pfalz) (semi-sweet) 2009

The wine is clear with medium lemon colour. This semi-sweet Riesling, very typical of wine produced from the Palatinate region has an clean, medium aroma of fruit cocktail consisting of green fruit; green apples and pears. Stone fruit; peach and dried apricots. On the palate is off-dry in sweetness, medium acidity, low tannin, medium body and fruitty flavour characteristics with medium length. The finish has a taste of acacia honey.

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.
Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked.

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 Pr├Ądikatswein, lower in ripeness than Sp├Ątlese. 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.

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