Julg Trocken is a crazy wine. It is listed as the region of Pfalz, but 60% of the grapes come from France. This is a theme at Julg as half the vineyards are in France, and the other half are in Germany.
The wine is great, though. Julg Trocken shows flavours of pear, stones, white peach, rocket, white tea and a hint nutty. In the mouth, it is silky, tangy, white chocolate, slight phenolics show through, slightly oxidised green apple on the finish. Julg Trocken has great balance.
Julg Trocken is a wine to drink now or tuck away for 10-15. One of the last 2019s, you’ll never say you’ve bought too many of this vintage in Germany.
Julg Trocken Riesling Pfalz 2019, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Weingut Julg started in 1961. They are listed as a German winery in Pfalz as their cellar is in the German town of Schweigen. However, half of their vines are in France, and they are quite proud of this fact. The Julg family wanted to make the wines they tasted from France and pushed many boundaries to prove that it was possible. Julg are well known for their outstanding Spatburgunder, but the Julg Trocken Rieslings are well regarded for their quality and texture. Julg uses organic farming but are not certified.
Julg Trocken Riesling Pfalz 2019 Wine Review
The Wine Front
“A fair amount of weight and power here, slightly earthy, spicy, yellow fruit and lemon zest. It offers crunch and grip, along with a glossy and viscous feel, stony and savoury to close, with solid quinine laced length. Kind of chunky, but good to drink.”
Situated on the Rhine River, Pfalz is often not mentioned in the same breath as Rheingau, Alsace or Wachau for great Riesling. Yet, the dry Riesling from this region lacks nothing when it comes to powerful, structural and complex dry Riesling. This is where to go for great value Riesling that will age for the long-term.
Riesling is one of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitters of terroir. Riesling is an important variety of quality wine production. Although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Find wonderful Riesling in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll’ taste or super sweet and luscious. See more about Riesling here.
This means the wine has been fermented to a point where it tastes dry, and there is almost no sugar left. The grapes may have been picked at Spatlese or Auslese level, but Trocken means that the wine will taste try no matter who ripe it was at harvest time.
When you think of the wines of Germany, most likely, you will think of the off-dry Rieslings of the Mosel. And with great reason too. They are delicious. But Germany has many regions and styles. Sure Riesling is the king of the quality wines. But the further south you go, the more you can find Spatburgunder. Or, as we know it, Pinot Noir. Carried there by the same monks who planted out Burgundy. The Pinot Noir in recent history has improved out of sight.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t’ age for as long.
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