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- Our Riesling Offerings
All our wines are not blended with other grape varieties and are 100% riesling wines. Our rieslings are natural fermented without cultured yeast and by a constant tempature. We create our wine quality in the vinyard and not so much in the cellar. The setteling of the young wines are done by a constant tempature of 8 celsius and for a long period of time before the young wine is filtered. Our wines are handled with the utmost care to ensure the highest quality. We prove this with our longevity of our wines which we are confident to say that our rieslings can last a century. We still have wines for sale from 1937. Ask us about this great wine. Read here about the 1937 Auslese in the Master's Table(UK) what other say about this wine.
In recognition of the high quality of its wines, Carl Schmitt-Wagner Winery has received many awards and honors from state and federal wine-tasting competitions, as well as being recognized in national and international wine-specific press. The winery is a seven-time recipient of the "Staatsehrenpreis", which is an award from the state of Germany for special achievements in agriculture in the category of wine. Additionally, Carl Schmitt-Wagner Winery received the "Bundesehrenpreis" honor from the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, which is a testament to the exceptional quality of the winery.
In the international arena, Carl Schmitt-Wagner Winery received the world-renowned "Decanter Award", from the British wine magazine "Decanter".
The wines are recommended as excellent Mosel Rieslings in many publications, including The Gault Millau - German Wine Guide, A German Wine Atlas by Hugh Johnson and Stuart Pigott, the world wine guide of Slow Food, the recently published Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil, and the American publication "The Wine Advocate", by Robert M. Parker. Since 1919, Carl Schmitt-Wagner Winery has been a member of the "Bernkasteler Ring" - "Riesling Wineries since 1899", the oldest wine auction society on the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer. This is a group of family-owned wineries with a staunch commitment to quality. The winery takes part in the annual auction in Bernkastel-Kues in September. This auction is an internationally recognized event, for which the best Riesling wines are chosen by very strict screening procedures.
Kabinett – This is the Riesling classification that is made from the grapes that are the least ripe, producing the lightest style of Riesling wine. They tend to have lower alcohol levels (in the 8-10% range) and are made in a drier style. As a Riesling wine, this is a fantastic option for pairing with a wide range of foods. Consider pairing a dry Kabinett with sushi, shellfish, goat cheese or Thai food.
Spätlese - Literally translated as “late picking” refers to the Riesling grapes that are picked late during the harvest season. This Riesling typically has a medium-body and ups the flavor intensity, due to its extra days of sunshine. This Riesling classification can be made in either a dry or sweet style. Consider pairing the drier form with creamy sauces, rich poultry or pork based dishes or crab; keep the sweeter version of Riesling for serving with Asian or Mexican fare – something with a bit of spice.
Auslese - Translated as “out picked” designating ripe grapes picked out from a specific cluster of berries. This Riesling can also be crafted into either a dry or a sweet version. This is the first Riesling range that may exhibit true dessert wine status. However, many Auslese wines are made in the dry style and make for an elegant pairing partner for heartier fare.
Beerenauslese (BA for short) – This Riesling is made into the luxurious dessert wines that are sought out for their compatibility with a myriad of dessert options but specifically peach-based desserts, caramel delights and even foie gras.
Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA for short) – Translated as “dry berry select picking” designates a late harvest, Botrytis picking, where the berries have started to shrivel on the vine, concentrating the sugars). These Trockenbeerenauslese wines are the ultra concentrated, nectar like dessert wines that can claim quite a price. Give them a go with blue cheese, apple pie, fruit-filled desserts and sweet treats in general.
Amtliche Prüfungsnummer (A.P. Nummer)
A number, given by the state to all QbA and Prädikatswein, which assigns a code for the region, village, producer, year the wine was tasted, and particular bottling (to distinguish, say, between different barrels, tanks, or wines from the same vineyard).
This indicates a dry wine without perceptible residual sweetness. It never contains more than 9 grams of residual sugar per liter and often less. It is very dry.
These wines are semi-dry and may have not more than 18 grams of residual sugar per liter. With this barely perceptible sweetness, halbtrocken wines are considered "dry" by most wine lovers.
A new tasting term on the label that many domaines use in place of halbtrocken. The difference is that feinherb has no residual sugar limit, meaning that the wines can extend well beyond the 18-gram limit of the halbtrocken category, and can sometimes contain over 30 grams of residual sugar. Feinherb is the common denotation for wines that are in between semi-dry and noble-sweet. The term is not legaly defined but is a great indication of a wine with great harmonious play between residual sugar and the acidity in the wines. This is a great food wine not just for someday, everyday.
Classic Harmonious CSW style
These wines are made the way since the winery was founded. A perfect balance between the God given riesling fruit and acidity. This does not matter which level of "Prädikat" or year. Because of rieslings universal way to shape its taste to every food out there these wines can be enjoyed for all type of food. Our winery is a riesling fanatic when it comes to get every exctract out of our ungrafted old vines. We believe that the riesling can produce extracts which are so similiar to other fruit groups that this will enhance your food expierences even more than you ever have imagined.
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Importeur and retailer: Arriba Kettle