Gold White-Riesling
Product No. 2018JUN3G

Weingut Hubertus Clüsserath Trittenheimer Altärchen Spätlese Riesling

Member's Price: ¥299 per bottle
  • 2014
  • White
  • Riesling
  • Mosel, 
  • Germany
Total : ¥1,794.00

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!

The winery Hubertus can trace its long history back to 1780. Today the property remains family-owned, run by Hubertus Clusserath, his wife Claudia, and their three children.

Trittenheim is a village in the Mosel wine region of Germany, principally known for white wines from the Riesling grape. The village is located upstream from Piesport on a broad, gentle, southeast-oriented slope surrounded by vineyards on a tongue of land formed by a hairpin bend in the Mosel river.

The steep, south facing, slopes and fine grey slate soil of the estate’s Trittenheimer Altärchen vineyard is where the grapes from this wine are hand-picked. The family still uses what are today rare, old, low-yielding un-grafted Riesling grape vines, which produce high quality fruit to make some of the best white wines in the world.

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