Wehlen is one of the best-known villages in Germany’s Mosel wine region, known for its Riesling wines. Riesling is a light-skinned, aromatic grape of German origin which is arguably the world’s finest white wine grape variety. It is also a quite versatile variety that can be made into all kinds of sweetness levels: from dry to very sweet, and often botrytis-affected, wine.
Riesling’s spiritual home is unquestionably the regions that trace the middle Rhine and the lower Mosel, two of Europe’s great wine rivers. Here we find the key wine regions of Germany, most famously the cooler Mosel and slightly warmer Rheingau. Riesling vines cover the steep, slate-rich hillsides above these famous rivers, and are used to make crisp, refreshing wines with pronounced acidity, sometimes capable of decades of ageing, whilst also being easily enjoyed young.
This wine is produced exclusively from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard which takes it names from the ancient sundial in the vineyard that overlooks the village of Wehlen. 100% Riesling, the grapes are designated ‘Spätlese’ which indicates they have been harvested later than either the Kabinett or Qualitätswein Rieslings from this area, giving greater flavour to the skins and wines with typically greater depth of flavour.
This wine has a pale green appearance, but don’t think its light colour is equated with lack of aroma or flavour! On the nose, you’ll find beautifully pure green apple and pear fruit with stony, flinty notes and a hint of white flower. On the palate, this wine has beautifully pure Riesling fruit with lively acidity balancing well from some sweetness as well as complex mineral (stony/flinty) flavours. It’s a wine of remarkable length, purity and finesse that is exceptionally well-balanced.