One sentence is usually enough to describe this dry and crisp white wine from the Pfalz area in Germany: The Riesling Rotliegend is Peter Siener’s (he is the producing vintner) favourite wine. But as this is a blog post about white wine, even though this one sentence is self-explanatory and doesn’t leave much room for interpretation, we do make the effort to let you know more about it. In case you have wondered where the name Rotliegend comes from, let’s go back a bit in time.
The clay, silt and sandstone soil developed approximately 280 million years ago when there were not even dinosaurs like the T-Rex around and the climate used to be hot and dry similar to today’s Death Valley (very interesting, we know). The fiery reddish soil giving the Riesling Rotliegend (engl. Red lying) its name is considered to be extreme as only a small amount of water can be stored and the aeration is very high. These conditions result in a very dry Riesling that convinces with its freshness, elegant minerality and the aromas of fruity peaches and plum.
Tasty, seductive & addictive we call it an instant classic.