Spätlese literally means ‘late harvest’ – and this one is a sweet version (they can also be dry). It’s a delicious and beautifully made wine made from Riesling, one of the greatest grapes around.
Medium lemon with light legs, this wine is medium sweet and has refreshing (but not piercing), high acidity which balances the sugar to create this tasty drink. The alcohol is low which makes it great for a brunch or lunch and the residual sugar brings to mind a menu that could include waffles and maple syrup, fresh fruit salad or sharp cheeses (we tried it most successfully with Edam and Cambozola).
The aromas are full on pear, Granny Smith apple, honey and orange oil with the perfect amount of petrol. Medium plus flavours include more stone fruit, green and yellow apples, honey dew melon, crushed rocks and that faint diesel kick. The body is a rounded medium plus that is very satisfying either on its own or accompanied by food.
Refreshing, balanced, delicious – this is WSET Good + wine. Get some for your next breakfast party or Thai food order.