Spätlese (literal meaning: “late harvest”)is a German wine term for a wine from fully ripe grapes, but the lightest of the late harvest wines. The grapes are picked at least seven days after normal harvest, so they are riper and have a higher sugar content.
One disadvantage of such steep vineyard sites like Altärchenis that they are inaccessible to machinery, meaning as much as seven times the amount of manual labour is required to tend them, compared to vineyards on flat plains. In winter, rain washes slate from high on the hillsides down to the rivers, and vineyard workers must gather it and carry it back up to the vineyards, where its heat-retaining properties are required. Occupational safety is a major issue on the very steep sites, and fatalities among vineyard workers have occurred across the years!
This is certainly a very classic Mosel Riesling, where you can taste the ripeness achieved by the Spätlese harvest. With its medium lemon-green appearance, this wine has a lovely aromatic nose with some peach and apricot on the nose complementing some red apple fruit. A classic palate with racy acidity, some residual sugar and lovely depth of flavour marks this out as a classic Mosel Riesling in the traditional style; and at low alcohol, which means you can easily enjoy a glass or two!