Weingut am Kaiserbaum

Lerchenspiel Rieslaner Auslese 2015

100% Rieslaner

Though somewhat discreet on the nose, its palate comes to life with expressive notes of succulent muscat grapes, white pineapple and lime zest.

Price

£79.00 per case
(£13.17 per bottle incVAT)
£53.35 per case (In Bond)

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Lerchenspiel Rieslaner Auslese 2015

Tasting Notes

Rieslaner is a cross between Riesling and Sylvaner and both of these grapes have given their attributes to this delicious, moderately straightforward wine. Though somewhat discreet on the nose, its palate comes to life with expressive notes of succulent muscat grapes, white pineapple and lime zest. A lovely saltiness on the finish adds dimension and lift. Finishes on poised yet crisp acidity. A delicious dessert wine which will delight those who prefer a fresher fruit style. Drink 2018 – 2030.

Production Area

The vineyard for Gerald's Lerchenspiel Rieslaner Auslese is located in Gerolsheim over Laumersheim. It is comprised on only one parcel that was planted in 2005. Its soils are composed of sand and stones, allowing excellent drainage and enabling good ripeness.

Wine Type

Rieslaner

Details of Harvest

The 2015 vintage was uncomplicated for the Pfalz and Weingut Kaiserbaum. The growing season began on schedule and flowering took place easily. May and June had the perfect balance of sun and rain. July and August were a bit too dry and hot which led to an earlier harvest, but the grapes were very healthy. They attained good ripeness and slightly less acidity than in more "classic" vintages.

Vinification Process

This fresh wine is produced with Rieslaner, a lesser known variety that is a cross between Riesling and Sylvaner. It is Gerald's favourite variety to produce sweet wines due to its balance between sweetness and acidity. It is late harvested and fermented with selected yeasts in stainless steel, temperature-controlled vats. Once its fermentation is stopped to retain some residual sweetness, the wine is racked and allowed to stay on its fine lees for 4-5 months following the vintage. The wines are filtered before bottling for stability and to keep the grapes' juiciness intact.

Alcohol Content

7.5%

Food Matching

A delicious wine on its own, it could easily accompany cheeses or light fruit desserts that are not too rich.