End of the Year: We look back at how Kabinett fared in 2015 and share our list of highlights from the vintage.
As we indicated early on, 2015 vintage was marked by quite some ripeness and power which resulted from the hot summer. This reflects on the structure of the 2015 Kabinett wines, which are often of Spätlese and sometimes even Auslese presence. At the top, their zest and the transparent brilliance of their fruit make however for some of the most remarkably “light Spätlese” we have ever tasted.
2015 proves a vintage in which the great classic Estates delivered. Weingut Egon Müller produced no less than three different Kabinett which are all among the finest ever at this Estate. Also Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm delivered some Kabinett with an elegance that not even this grand Estate achieves in every vintage.
Other “masters at Kabinett” also confirmed their art in 2015. The performance of the Weingut Max Ferd. Richter proves particularly remarkable. It places no less than three wines on the list of 2015 Kabinett highlights. Also Weingut Julian Haart proves again that it knows how to “do” Kabinett as two of its wines landed on the list.
Those in search of lightness in their Kabinett should find try to find the Brauneberger Juffer Kabinett Fass 4 by Weingut Max Ferd. Richter (a special cask of Kabinett made along the principles from days long gone by). Alternatively, also Hofgut Falkenstein (Krettnacher Euchariusberg AP8), Weingut Dr. Wagner (Ockfener Bockstein) and the tiny Weingut O - Olaf Schneider (Trarbacher Ungsberg) made comparatively light Kabinett highlights!
Kabinett is something the Mosel can do like no others and there is plenty of gorgeous Kabinett to please lovers of playful yet deep Riesling in 2015!
We provide here our list (in alphabetic order) of Kabinett highlights from the 2015 vintage:
2015 is overall a very successful vintage but not everything that shines is gold. Not every winemaker and not every wine mastered the intrinsic power which the summer conveyed to the grapes.
The detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates included in our Reports on the 2015 vintage (Issue No 31, the Auction Guide 2016 and Issue No 32) will help you to navigate through the offers.
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