We look back at Off-Dry Riesling in the 2017 vintage and share our list of not-to-be-missed vintage highlights.
The off-dry category is easily overseen, yet these wines can offer some truly remarkable Riesling experiences. They are versatile, age-worthy, and can taste dry or almost dry at maturity. 2017 brought density (through low yields) and precision (through zest and clean grapes), a winning combination for off-dry Riesling. And this is reflected in the huge number of vintage highlights.
The masters of the style delivered handsomely: Weingut A.J. Adam, Hofgut Falkenstein, Weingut Immich-Batterieberg, Weingut Peter Lauer, Weingut Carl Loewen (who produced the off-dry Riesling of the vintage), Weingut Lubentiushof, Weingut Selbach-Oster and Weingut Günther Steinmetz top the list in 2017.
The performance of one Estate is simply awe-inspiring: Hofgut Falkenstein. The Webers managed to put no less than six (!) wines on the list of highlights. Many of these wines are among the finest of the vintage. Also Stefan Steinmetz at Weingut Günther Steinmetz underlines his talent at this stylistic direction. Directly or in collaboration with other growers, he puts three wines among the vintage highlights.
In no other stylistic directions are there up-and-coming growers putting their mark. Weingut Blees-Ferber, Weingut Richard Böcking, Weingut Cantzheim, Weingut Loersch, and Weingut Stefan Müller have seized the opportunities offered by the 2017 vintage to produce some true off-dry Riesling highlights.
All in all, off-dry Riesling is still an underrated category and 2017 offers plenty of opportunities to discover some gems. Happy hunting!
We provide here the Off-Dry Riesling highlights from the 2017 vintage (for number lovers: potentially 92 pts or more at maturity).
Our detailed reports on the 2017 vintage (Issue No 41, Issue No 42, and Issue No 43) will help you to navigate through the offers of Off-Dry Riesling on the market as they provide detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates.
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