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Late Harvest Riesling

Late Harvest Riesling

INTENSE & LAYERED
Spätlese Riesling

This fully-ripened Riesling, from the breathtaking hillside vineyards found on the banks of German’s Mosel River, has highly appealing, complex fruit flavors of apricots and peaches coupled with enough acidity to give it a firm and juicy mouthfeel. The finish is long and lingering.

PAIRING

Pour yourself a pre-dinner glass or pair with Lobster bisque, a hearty green salad or smoked pork ribs.

VINEYARDS

Schmitt Sohne Family Wines Spatese Riesling hails from select vineyards along the Mosel River in Germany. The Mosel is regarded as the oldest wine-growing region in Germany, believed to have been established by the Romans around 50 AD.  It is one of the most northernly wine regions in world. Mosel vineyards are famous for their steep south-facing slopes and blue slate soil, reflected in the touch of minerality found in our Spätlese.

WINEMAKING

Germany’s harvest is typically a month later than other wine regions, allowing for a long ripening season.  Our winemakers carefully monitor the grapes on the vine, picking at optimal ripeness.  During picking, the grapes are handled very carefully to avoid bruising, letting the natural sweetness shine through.  Harvested in the cool early morning, the grapes are brought quickly to the winery, destemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks that help retain our Riesling’s crisp acidity. The wine is kept cool, between 50-65 degrees, during fermentation.

TECHNICAL NOTES

ALCOHOL: 7.5 – 10.0% by vol.
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 50.0 – 60.0 g/l
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6.0 – 8.0 g/l
SERVE: Chilled
AVAILABLE SIZES: 750 ml