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Wines from the region of Lower Mosel, Germany


Known as Johannisberg Riesling, White Riesling and Rheinriesling has been grown in Germany's Rhine and Mosel Valleys since the 1435. Riesling wines were also popular in England, a trading hub to the rest of the world centuries ago; so popular in fact, that the wine found its way into literature. In Hamlet, the wine that the Danish court gets drunk on was a Riesling. It has been refer as the Queen of Grapes and the noblest of the noble grapes. The most famous grape for German white wine in the world, with this grape is Germany in competition for the worlds most popular white wine, the Chardonnay.

When Riesling properly ripened, it needs careful harvesting, rapid transportation, pressing, and cool fermentation to yield its best. It has a high natural acidity, ages well and can be vinified to low levels of alcohol.

What makes Riesling from lower Mosel superb wines to the others?

  1. Microclimate: It is the most planted grape in both Valleys along the Lower Mosel River before joining Rhein. With the hand of god via the Sunshine hours, direction of the slops facing most of the sunray each day, big different in change of temperature from day to night, season to seasons.
  2. Riesling's renowned aroma and flavour superiority are undisputable. Its longevity is legendary and ability to reflect "terroir" (mark of a place) unequalled.
  3. Geographic benefit: some mountains in this region offer what may be the steepest slops (73.5°) in the world to be vineyards, the soils are all well-drained, minerals are so rich, plus the combination of slate and chippie rocks on the steep vineyards,
  4. Family tradition of wine making from generation to generations.
  5. Strict respect for nature, the use of technical support is only as much as necessary.

All these elements are unique & they are unable to modify in elsewhere, they are consider as gifts of god. In result, Riesling wines from this area are vibrant, elegant, complexity of characteristic; offer wonderful flagrancy and fruity flavour together with a distinct and fine acidity. A simple but a better word to say is "Density" is a tattoo & it is a "racy" of flavours. Mosel offers its density as the quality not the quantity usually huge volume yields from a flat land.

A same clone planted Riesling grown on elsewhere on loan or sandy loan or on flatland will end up yielding a flowery and perfumy wine. No matter travel thousand miles away to overseas grown Riesling with a similar name but totally changes to different character compare with Original Mosel Riesling wine. Riesling reflects the terroir, and winemakers everywhere know that. Unlike many other grapes, Riesling is made in the vineyard, its ability to express site-specific characteristics from the vineyard or region it is grown in -- it's probably better at this than any other grape variety. Rieslings made in exactly the same way by the same producer from two vineyards with different soils or aspect will usually show corresponding differences in flavour profile.


Riesling shows an amazing capacity to age. It develops gracefully for many years.


As this tasting showed, Riesling can be made in a variety of styles and textures, ranging from austerely dry to lusciously sweet, with good examples showing widely differing characters.


Great examples of Riesling are never going to be cheap. But compare the prices for the best Rieslings with the current prices of other fine wines, and they are remarkably affordable.

Neefer Frauenberg Riesling Spätlese 2003, 12%, Trocken (dry), Mosel

Pineapple, lemony nose is ripe and full. The palate is richly textured and quite mineralic with low acidity and some tropical fruits. This bone dry 2003 Riesling should finished within the next 2 - 3 years.

Neefer Frauenberg Riesling Spätlese 2003, 10%, Feinherb (semi dry), Mosel.

A classical Riesling with a mineralic nose and steely palate, Lemon and green apple accompanied by a subtle acidity allow any Asian food to go with this young wine. Drink in the next 2 - 3 years.

Ediger Elzhofberg Riesling Qualitätswein QbA, 2002, 8.5%, Mosel

Citron, apple and spice notes. Palate is delicate and light. A good white wine for everyday. Should accompany light food as e.g. pasta or fish.

Neefer Frauenberg Riesling Qualitätswein QbA, 2002, 9% Mosel

Strong mineralic taste and a nose of green apple and spices. More a traditional Riesling compared to the others, but good textured with a dry finish and balanced acidity.

Neefer Frauenberg Riesling Auslese 2002, 8%, Mosel

Deliciously fruity Riesling with a complex, rounded palate displaying notes of apple, lemons and pears. Nice acidity and great balance. Some honey and enough sweetness makes it an excellent food match. Good for another decade.

Neefer Frauenberg Riesling Spätlese 2003, 9%, Mosel

The sweet, grapey nose is quite delicate with some citrussy notes. The palate is crisp and fresh, with a dry finish and good acidity. Nicely mineralic. Not too sweet but the good acidity provides balance. Young and crisp, can still be stored away.

Ediger Elzhofberg Riesling Auslese 2003, 7.5%, Mosel

Expressive nose shows peach and maracuja richness. Good residual sugar gives nice texture on the rich palate. Lovely balanced acidity. A full textured sweet wine and worth tucking a few of these away to age. Great deal.

Ediger Elzhofberg, Riesling Beerenauslese (BA) 2003, 10%, Mosel

Sweet nose with a crisp note of citrus. Apple and honey notes on the palate with citrussy overtones. Intense and fresh with good balancing acidity. A powerful wine, sweet and very good. Don't worries holding this a few years, although there's enough sweetness there that this would be difficult to match with food, except being used at table brilliantly as matches for rich main-course foods: foie gras saute, lobster, grilled oysters, etc., exactly like Sauternes. Great as dessert.

Neefer Rosenberg Riesling Eiswein 2003, 7.5%, Mosel

Eiswein is made from grapes that have been left on the vine until winter nighttime temperatures drop well below freezing. Then, in the early hours of the morning the frozen grapes, not affected by botrytis, are picked and crushed, resulting in a super sweet must that is then fermented. This one is still young, but already with an incredibly rich, sweet nose of lime and some spiciness. A full textured sweet wine that's perfect for sipping on it own. The palate is syrupy sweet with a spicy edge. Good acidity provides balance.

Sekt - Sparkling White Wine Riesling 2002, 12% Extra Trocken (brut) Mosel

Sparkling white wine made from one of the Germany's best white grape variety, Riesling. Full bodied, supple fruitiness, very dry finish and a touch of minerality. This sparkling wine is crisp with an impressive intensity but well balanced. Should not be stored more than four years. Served chilled.


This grape is the dry version of Müller-Thurgau. In general the wine is flowery, with a light Muscat tone and a light acidity. A wine for every day and fits for a good dinner.

Rivaner, Intermezzo Qualitätswein 2003, 9%, Mosel

Melon, lemon and spice notes lead to a rich textures palate with fruits and a distinct spiciness. Medium sweet and approachable now. Light wine for everyday use.

Ediger Osterlämmchen, Rivaner, Spätlese, 2003, 8%, Mosel, Gold Medal

Expressive nose shows tropical fruit with a touch of melon-like richness, Lots of residual sugar gives nice texture on the rich palate. Quite sweet with lovely balancing acidity. A fruity experience that is perfect for sipping on its own. Good from now on for the next decade.


This is a pretentious & exaggerated grape with a seductive scent of Roses. Also heavily fluctuated in output yearly. This wine has a fine, very aromatic and perfumed bouquet like rose flagrant. It is named after the Tyrolian village of Tramin.

Gewürztraminer Qualitätswein 2004, 13%, Trocken (dry), Mosel

Bright, fresh and zesty with a note of dark roses. A character flavour-packed wine. Bone dry but with a balanced acidity. This young wine is ready for consumption but can also stored away for several years to develop deeper notes.


A Hybrid from Helfenstein- and Heroldgrape, created 1955 by August Herold in the Pfalz and named after the vintner Imanuel Dornfeld. Since 1975 popular in all German wine areas.

This grape is famous for his light fruity character. It supplies a dark red temptation, shows sometimes even a touch of blue colour, with an own prominent and fruity flavour. Remember on the intense fruit aromas like blackberry and sour cherry. It is bottled and marked young, like a Beaujolais Nouveau, very little affected by natural tannien extract, which many people like to avoid. Served slightly chilled and it is a great and wonderful red wine, popular wine in Germany. Other prefer this taste very much, special the lover of Cabernet and Sauvignon-Cabernet wines.

Sekt - Sparkling Red Wine Dornfelder 2002, 12%, Trocken (dry) Mosel

Sparkling red wine made from one of the German red grape varieties, Dornfelder. It is a youthful red/purple colour and displays medium bodied, supple fruitiness. This sparkling red wine is low in acidity, smooth and easy to drink. Should not be stored more than four years. Served chilled.


A Hybrid from Müller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe(created 1948 by Mr. Hans Breider), very early ripe, with a good aroma. The late ripe type create a high class wine contains high extract in combination with a fine peach-Muscat bouquet. The present name "Ortega" is in honour of the Spanish philosopher, writer and wine lover Mr. José Ortega y Gasset.

Kallstadter Kobnert, Ortega, Trockenbeerenauslese 2000, 8%, Pfalz

Quite a honey, slightly spicy nose. Rich, sweet and honeyed on the palate. There's some ripe, spicy apple fruit here. Expressive and tasty, not overly sweet, although there's clearly quite a bit of residual sugar here.

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