The Pfalz - The home of dry Riesling
Friday, September 12, 2014 in News
If you love dry Riesling, then the Pfalz in Germany should be on your list of wine regions to explore. One of Germany’s most important wine regions, the Pfalz has approximately 23 500 ha of land undervine with over 10 000 growers. While the region still produces a high volume of everyday Qualitätswein “Liebfraumilch” style wines, in recent years an increasing volume of Germany’s finest Riesling has also emerged from this region.
Approximately a quarter of vineyard area in the Pfalz is dedicated to Riesling and the style is predominantly dry (trocken) full-bodied, rich and ripe.
One of the region’s top producers is Dr. Burklin-Wolf. Located in Wachenheim, Dr. Burklin-Wolf is one of the largest and most respected estates in the Pfalz producing outstanding dry Rieslings. The estate has 85 ha of biodynamic vineyards with many holdings in the top vineyard sites of the region. Since 2001, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf have classified their wines according to the vineyard site rather than sugar weight as required in German wine law. The best wines are labelled G.C. “Grand Cru” for the top quality tier of wines from Ruppertsberg, Forst and Deidesheim and P.C.”Premier Cru” for the second tier wines from vineyards in Ruppertsberg and Wachenheim. Grapes are harvested with Spätlese and Auslese levels of ripeness but are fermented to dryness, yielding wines of great fruit intensity and concentration.
The Rieslings of the Pfalz are among the very best examples in the world, so if you have not yet tasted them, you owe it to yourself to try them. Discover Langton’s range of Rieslings from the Pfalz here.