Easily one of the best producers in the German region of Pfalz. Which, given the stiff competition, it is quite a feat. They make pure, driven wines that have a core of minerality and sturdy acidity. Their wines broadcast their terroir faithfully and they age majestically. In a region fully of quality whites that are great value Muller Catoir are never the cheapest, but still offer value for lovers of great Riesling.
This is a blend of Riesling, Rieslaner, Scheurebe (whatever that is at home) and Weissburgunder (aka Pinot Blanc). Gutswein is rarely seen outside of Germany and even their local regions. But the importer was pretty keen to get some after seeing the impressive bottles in the winery and then having a taste. The wine is from 2013 but the Gutswein laws forbid the use of vintage on the label. It is an easy drinking, fresh and vibrant. White flowers, earthy/white stones, tart citrus and a hint of funk at the core. It is light, dry, zesty and refreshing on the palate. For those that love acidity in wine (like me) its a quaffer for all occasions. But it would also lend itself to cut through richer dishes, complement lighter ones and tackle all sorts of spice.
Riesling – One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.
Pfalz – 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.