German Riesling bargains

2012 Dr Loosen Bernkastler Lay Riesling Kabinett 8% (Mosel)

Crisp clear bright pale colour, showing voluptuous creamy red apples and slatey characters, this wine is Kabinett-labelled, but a few years ago would have been called Spatlese. Where apart from the Mosel can you get full-flavored, varietal and feather-light textured wines at such low alcohol? Probably >50 g rs, the wine is delicate, with resounding acidity and completely delicious. Astonishingly, its almost entry-level for Dr Loosen. And a well-known Australian online retailer has this wine in stock for a tick under $30 – sensational value- and under screwcap as a bonus.

Drink to 2022 (at any time of day or night), score 92 points

2012 Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 9.5 % (nahe)

The Nahe is a tiny area not far from the Mosel region, and Donnhoff is one of the well-known stars. This wine was almost as pleasurable as the previous wine. It exhibited more lime cordial and yellow fruit character, and texturally seemed finer, albeit with some slight phenolic grip. Again the acidity propels the wine to effortless length. The online retailer has this wine for just under $40, which also represents good value, especially under screwcap.

Drink to 2025, score 91 points


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