2018 Koelher-Ruprecht Kallstadter Trocken Riesling, Pfalz, Germany
Grape - 100% Riesling
Region - Pfalz, Germany
What it tastes like - Bone dry with great mineral texture. This is a Riesling pumped full of lime, grapefruit and green apple.
Winemaking - Vineyards are clay/limestone soils and are being converted to Biodynamic farming (currently working but not certified). All tanks are stainless steel
Producer - Koehler-Ruprecht was founded in 1700s, building a reputation for quality dry Rieslings during a period when the style was nowhere near as popular as today. The Spätlese and Auslese trocken designations mean a lot here (not surprising considering they practically invented them) – so much so that they pulled out of the VDP once authorities banned the practice of declaring both the pradikat and the word trocken on a label at the same time. Estate Manager Dominik Sona’s decision was in keeping with the uncompromising ethos of previous long-time domaine owner, Bernd Philippi, who he worked alongside before taking over in 2012.