2016 VINTAGE: Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, April, 2018 - 93 points
Light, clear and fruity in the mouth, some herbal and mineral notes, fine acidity, a touch of tannin, but very harmonious, lingers on with a pleasant finish.
Dr. Hermann, the Riesling estate in Mosel Valley, Germany, is helmed by Christian Hermann. Christian’s philosophy is that quality starts in the vineyard with restrained pruning, hand harvesting, and natural, meticulous cultivation of vineyard soil. The result is beautiful, elegant wines from some of the most famous vineyard sites in the world. Hermann specializes in Riesling grown on the steep, rocky slopes of the famous vineyards of Erdener Prälat, Erdener Treppchen, and Ürziger Würzgarten. All of the fruit for Dr. Hermann Riesling grows on un-grafted, old vines, which deliver beautiful and complex wines.
Region: Mosel Valley, Germany
Year Founded: Over 400 years of history. Helmed by Christian Hermann since 2001.
Proprietors: Christian Hermann
Winemaker: Christian Hermann
Size of property: 6.5 hectares (16 acres)
Amount of Property Planted: 6.5 ha (16 acres)
Annual Production: 70,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Riesling
Erdener Treppchen Kabinett 6
HARVEST & VINTAGE NOTES VITICULTURE Vineyard: Erdener Treppchen, south & south-east steep slope. Soil Type: Mainly blue slate with some red slate and clay. Vine Age: 20–25 years old Irrigation: none Harvest Date: October VINIFICATION This wine is from a very steep “class one” part of the cru. It is a special cask made from fruit hand-harvested at 84° Oechsle in prime sectors of the vineyard. The must is fermented in a traditional oak fuder (1000L) and the wine is bottled young in order to retain its freshness. This vintage was bottled in March.
Color: Light yellow green Nose: Peach and citrus fragrance with mineral notes.
Palate: Light, clear and fruity in the mouth, some herbal and mineral notes, fine acidity, a touch of tannin, but very harmonious, lingers on with a pleasant finish.
Pairings: A perfect match for delicate spicy dishes.
GRAPES: 100% Riesling; vine age: 20–25 years old
ALCOHOL: 8.0% RESIDUAL
SUGAR: 50.4 g/L
TOTAL ACIDITY: 8.4 g/L