Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese 2012
The weathered red volcanic and slate soils of the Ürziger Würzgarten (pronounced ERTS-iger VERTS-garten) vineyard make it unique on the Mosel. It is an insanely steep site that yields wines with an exotic, spicy aroma and a mesmerizing earthiness. There is no other vineyard in the Mosel valley that produces wines so bursting with tropical fruit flavors. Auslese [OWS-lay-zuh] means “selected from the harvest,” and is a luscious sweet wine made from very ripe clusters that are about 50 percent affected by botrytis. The resulting wine is dense, intensely flavored and rich on the palate, but balanced by Riesling’s naturally crisp acidity. The red volcanic soil of the Ürziger Würzgarten vineyard produces wines of a completely unique nature. The wines showcase the typically juicy and precocious fruit of the “spice garden,” with a rich mouth feel, zippy acidity and lingering finish.
Viticulture: Fermented in stainless steel; fermentation stopped by chilling
Residual Sweetness: 74.2 grams/liter
Total Acidity: 9.1 grams/liter
Recommended Serving Temperature: 6-8°c
Recommended Breathing Time: 30-45 mins
Editor Choice: The red volcanic and slate soil of the Würzgarten vineyard produces wines bursting with spicy, exotic fruits and a full-bodied texture. Auslese indicates very ripe grapes with a touch of botrytis. Pair this wine with fruit based desserts or with semi-soft cheeses like blue cheese.
Food Pairing: Shanghai Chinese Food; Cooked Ham; Lemon Flavours for dishes like Tarte au citron.