The Kalkgestein Riesling 2013 is a reflection of the winemaker Philip Arnold; young, surprisingly fresh and with a hint of an interesting fizz to it. Philip a.k.a. “The Rising Star“ is a member of the Junge Suedpfalz (The Young Southern Pfalz). This is a wine challenge between more than 60 young and innovative vintners under the age of 35 from the southern part of the Pfalz region in Germany. Only the top 20 of these great artists and craftsmen receive the honor of being awarded once a year. It goes without saying that Philip was among the best young wine talents in the region, especially due to his dry Kalkgestein Riesling.
It is a tough question where to begin when being asked to describe this white wine, as its features are complex and thrilling. The outer appearance already gives a hint of what to expect from this wine. It is shaped like a traditional German Riesling bottle but comes with a witty and futuristic label. And that is exactly what you get; a white wine that combines traditional German features with an easygoing and innovative mind of a 27 year old. The carefully selected and handpicked grapes give this crisp and dry wine its grape typical flavours of mango, peach and apricot. Additionally, the medium-high acidity provides the wine with a unique character and a wonderful longevity that seemingly last forever on one’s palate. Since it is quite a young and fresh white wine with a medium percentage in alcohol (12.5%) it perfectly accompanies white meat, seafood and salads. It is best served at a temperature between seven and ten degrees Celsius. If this Riesling was a car we would paraphrase it like this; Designed and powerful as a Ferrari, engineered like a Mercedes and affordable like a Toyota. Enough of the expertise! Start enjoying it!