When tasted young, I used to find most German Rieslings of Prädikat level Spätlese and above too sweet.
However, recently, during a Chinese hot pot dinner, I had a bottle of Joh. Jos. Prüm - 1975 - Graacher Himmelreich – Auslese. The wine was gorgeous, and I didn't have that heavy sweetness impression. It showed great finesse and complexity and the sweetness was very well integrated, giving an impressively light and elegant velvety-feel on the palate. The finish still showed some sweetness but without any weight. Aromas of wilted roses, and petrol came through. An expressive and decadent wine.
Other experiences with mature German Rieslings amazed me, with their complexity and the integration of the sweetness. If you had the same first impression as I did, and found young Rieslings too sweet to your palate, I invite you to give a try to some mature German Rieslings. The Mosel region would be a good pick, as it is certainly one of the best regions in Germany to look for wines to mature. They have high acidity, fruit concentration and terroir expression.
Some guidelines for choosing:
- Basically sweetness levels ranging from off-dry, sweet to very sweet ascend in this order: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese.
- In general the sweeter the wine, the longer you can mature it.
- Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese levels are very rare, not made every year.
- 'Auktion' and 'Goldkapsel' wines are usually richer and sweeter.
- Egon Muller and Joh. Jos. Prüm are amongst the best producers.
- For each producer you can explore different vineyards, each with different expressions (like Burgundy).
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