End of the Year: We look back at how off-dry Mosel Riesling fared in 2015 and share our list of highlights from the vintage.
The fruit remained clean throughout the 2015 harvest. This allowed the best makers to produce some stunning off-dry Riesling which deliver fruit, presence and zest without any undue feel of power. The finest 2015 off-dry Riesling simply ooze elegance and are made to last.
It is therefore not surprising that the list of highlights is huge. Above all, the Weingut Van Volxem produced an epic collection with a set of dry-tasting Cru which are probably the finest off-dry wines of the vintage. As last year, Weingut Günther Steinmetz confirms its amazing level of quality with no less than six wines among the vintage highlights.
However also the performance of Hofgut Falkenstein (a master at elegance), Weingut Knebel, Weingut Peter Lauer, Weingut Lubentiushof and Weingut Martin Müllen are remarkable as they each place several wines on our list of off-dry vintage highlights!
2015 also saw some firsts, namely the superb Lehmener Lay by newcomer Weingut Materne & Schmitt as well as the first Ürziger Würzgarten made by Stefan Steinmetz (Weingut Günther Steinmetz) and Christian Hermann (Weingut Dr. Hermann).
Overall, Mosel can “do” off-dry Riesling like no others and 2015 delivered handsomely. As for dry Riesling, the best 2015 off-dry Riesling need cellaring (or at least opening well in advance) and will only reveal their full potential at maturity.
We provide here our list (in alphabetic order) of off-dry Mosel Riesling 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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