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The Society's Saar Riesling 2012

The Society's Saar Riesling 2012

This is von Kesselstatt’s ‘entry-level’ riesling, which we select and blend each year with Annegret from the von Kesselstatt estate – which has an almost unrivalled clutch of top quality vineyards in the region to make our job more interesting.

The von Kesselstatt estate, dating back to 1349, has some of the finest vineyard sites in the Mosel and Saar and Ruwer valleys. In recent years it has been revitalized by the Reh family and our relationship with Annegret Reh-Gartner is a long-standing one and, for us, her wines are natural champions.

The wine varies with the vintage, sometimes including grapes from Scharzhofberg, sometimes Wiltinger Gottesfuss and Braunfels, sometimes Oberemmeler Agritiusberg and the excellent but less well known Niedermenniger Herrenberg, and is made to be drunk young and bottled with a screwcap to maintain freshness. Refined, racy and surprisingly dry, this is wow-factor riesling.

Suggested Food Match

Hog Roast; Roast Guinea Fowl; Roast Pork; other suggestions...

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The von Kesselstatt estate, dating back to 1349, owns the finest spectrum of sites in the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer valleys. In 1978 the Reh family acquired the estate from the Reichsgrafen (imperial counts) of Kesselstatt. Annagret Reh-Gartner, currently at the helm of the business, supported by her husband Gerhard, is a regular presence at Society tastings. Since taking over the couple has particularly concentrated efforts on lowering yields and improving quality to great effect.

The 36 hectares of estate-owned vineyards are planted exclusively with riesling on steep, stony soils where the warmth is maintained in the marginal German climate. Leading holdings include Scharzhofberger in the Saar, Kaseler Nies’chen in the Ruwer and Josephshöfer and Piesporter Goldtröpfchen in the Mosel. Show More...
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White Wine
4 (of 9): Medium/off dry
Dominant Grape
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Within two years of purchase
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The Scotsman 6th Sep 2014

"A stylish, surprisingly dry (considering its low alcohol) steely riesling from the cool Saar valley. Racy and zippy, this hails from the fine von Kesselstadt estate run by the Reh family who own 36 hectares of top Mosel and Saar valley vineyards. Serve with salmon mousse, pork or even a light fish curry. - Rose Murray Brown"

The Scotsman 18th Jan 2014

" Well-made, very racy, austere, steely and taut - very refreshing. - Rose Murray Brown "

The Scotsman 10th Aug 2013

"Lightly aromatic, nippy high acid, crisp and grapey with a soft fleshiness and a passing hint of sweetness in the mouth – so refined and racy. With only 11 per cent alcohol this is a perfect summer day pick-me-up riesling from Germany’s cooler Saar valley, a tributary of the Mosel. Annegret Reh and her family run the superb von Kesselstatt estate with top holdings in the Saar including Scharzhofberger vineyard.- Rose Murray Brown"

The Observer 16th Jun 2013

"This German riesling from vineyards around the Saar tributary of the Mosel was made for wasting (but not wasted) afternoons in the garden. Low in alcohol (11%) but high in flavour, strong in acidity but soft as a ripe peach. - David Williams"

The Wine Gang 2nd May 2013

"Enticing apple perfume and flavour with a hint of apple strudel sweetness and spice, a mineral undertow and tightwire acidity. "

The Times 25th Apr 2013

"Wine trade insiders' idea of summer in a glass is this mouthwatering, crisp, yet grapey, pink grapefruit and citrus peel-spiked riesling. - Jane MacQuitty"

JancisRobinson.com 4th Apr 2013

"Brilliant texture, flavour and quality for the money. Such smoothness. Delicacy too. Herby flavours. Vibrant."

The Independent Apr 2013

"Mouthwatering, pointing up the virtues of this woefully undervalued variety, gentle … floral and satisfying. - Anthony Rose"

The Daily Mail 23rd Feb 2013

"An effortlessly classy wine made by the exemplary team at von Kesselstatt, this beautiful, expressive wine is grapey, smooth and uplifting. With the merest kiss of sweetness on the finish it is a moreish, retro aperitif and it would also work stunningly with this week’s chicken and leek pie recipe. - Matthew Jukes"

The Scotsman 8th Dec 2012

"Riesling is one of my favourite grapes, particularly when it comes from cool enclaves in Germany such as the Saar valley. I love the vibrant, nippy, high acid of this riesling - it is a very refined example from the von Kesselstatt vineyards in Scharzhofberger and Wiltinger Braunfels. With a long distinguished history - founded back in 1349 - the new generation have upgraded quality recently by reducing yields.- Rose Murray Brown"