We leave the warmth of Portugal and head north to another wine lover’s paradise. Voted as one of the most desirable travel destinations by both the Condé Nast traveller magazine and New York Times: Mosel in Germany.
As the World’s Best Vineyards writes: “As a wine lover, you haven’t really seen and done it all until you’ve taken a boat cruise down the Mosel, glass of chilled Riesling in hand, marvelling at hauntingly named first growth vineyards like Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Urziger Wurtzgarten and Graacher Himmelreich.”
The Mosel, the coolest wine region in Germany, with its fairy tale castles, steep hand-worked vineyards and quaint villages, is arguably the region which produces the finest Rieslings.
Our wine today is the Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2017. Weingut (winery) Joh. Jos. Prum is one of the most revered and finest producers of Riesling – “the benchmark for Riesling in terms of purity and precision”, says James Suckling. You will never go wrong when picking up a bottle from their range, at whatever level, from the lightest styles to the rarer, sweeter and most collectable wines. They have never had a bad year, explains Katharina Prum, a lawyer turned winemaker, and great granddaughter of the estate’s founder.
Kabinett wines, the lightest style of Riesling, are made from the earliest picked grapes and make up the first level of the Pradikatswein, the German wine classification (you can ask Cathy Marston and her team for more insights). Riesling in general is a great ‘curry wine’, so why not enjoy this one with a lamb curry like one of our customers did when enjoying her GD travel box. Thanks to this wine’s sweetness and low alcohol (9%), it is also perfect with Asian-inspired foods whether they incorporate heat from chilli and/or spicy aromatics.