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Fun facts about the Mosel Region of Germany
The Mosel is a highly regarded region of Germany that concentrates on white wine production, to the degree that 92% of vines are white and of those 52% is Riesling. Slate soil is a major factor in the famed region known for its elegant wine the have a mix of pure fruits, delicacy and minerality. The Mosel River runs through the region with steep, sometimes impossible slopes that provide the sun to help ripen these grapes in this northern cool region.
I told you I would explain some german wine label terms to help you know what is in the bottle. Honestly german labels tell you a lot about the wine but you just need to know what those crazy German terms mean.
In Germany there are 4 Quality levels of wine, much like the AOC in France, and the DOC in Italy. From lowest level, to Highest are
- Deutscher Wein (known as Tafelwein prior to 2011) this is basically table wine, you wont find it much out side of Germany.
- Landwein (regional wine) Just that its regional and also not exported
- Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (Qba)
- Qualitätswein mit Prädikat (QmP) the highest quality with the most rules for what the wine can be, and highly exported
You will find Qba and QmP wine the most in the US
You also probably would like to know what Kabinett and so forth mean, it is the sugar level in the grape must, the unfermented juice. Here is a list from lowest to highest about of Residual Sugar (RS).
- Kabinett - literally "cabinet", meaning wine of reserve quality to be kept in the vintner's cabinet -fully ripened light wines from the main harvest, typically semi-sweet with crisp acidity, but can be dry if designated so. RS can not exceed 9 g/l
- Spätlese - meaning "late harvest” -typically half-dry, often (but not always) sweeter and fruitier than Kabinett. The grapes are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper. While waiting to pick the grapes carries a risk of the crop being ruined by rain, in warm years and from good sites much of the harvest can reach Spätlese level. Spätlese can be a relatively full-bodied dry wine if designated so. While Spätlese means late harvest the wine is not as sweet as a dessert wine, as the "late harvest" term is often used in US wines.
- Auslese - meaning "select harvest” -made from very ripe, hand selected bunches, typically semi-sweet or sweet, sometimes with some noble rot character. Sometimes Auslese is also made into a powerful dry wine, but the designation Auslese trocken has been discouraged after the introduction of Grosses Gewächs. Auslese is the Prädikat which covers the widest range of wine styles, and can be a dessert wine.
- Beerenauslese - meaning "select berry harvest” -made from overripe grapes individually selected from bunches and often affected by noble rot, making rich sweet dessert wine.
- Eiswein (ice wine) -made from grapes that have been naturally frozen on the vine, making a very concentrated wine. Must reach at least the same level of sugar content in the must as a Beerenauslese. The most classic Eiswein style is to use only grapes that are not affected by noble rot. Until the 1980s, the Eiswein designation was used in conjunction with another Prädikat (which indicated the ripeness level of the grapes before they had frozen), but is now considered a Prädikat of its own.
- Trockenbeerenauslese - meaning "select dry berry harvest" or "dry berry selection” -made from selected overripe shrivelled grapes often affected by noble rot making extremely rich sweet wines. "Trocken" in this phrase refers to the grapes being dried on the vine rather than the resulting wine being a dry style.
These are Known as Qmp Prädikat
German Wine Label
- Selbach Oster -The producer of the wine
- Zeltinger - The town the wine originates. Germans add the suffix “er” to make Zeltinger, just as a person from New York is a New Yorker.
- Schlossberg - The vineyard the grapes originate.
- Riesling - The grape variety. Therefore, this wine is at least 85% Riesling.
- Spätlese - This is the ripeness level of the grape.
- 2015 - the year the grapes were harvested.
- Mosel - this is the region of the wines origin.
Other things you might find on a label
- Qualitätswein mit Prädikat - the quality level of the wine.
- Amitliche Prüfungsnummer 4 382 288 1 95 - this is the official testing number, proof the was tasted by a panel of testers and passed the strict quality standards required by the government.
- Gutsabfüllung - means estate bottled.
Keep your eyes open for a glossary page that is coming soon. for more definitions of wine terms that will come in handy.