Some kids run away from home to join the circus. While no kid, Daniel Vollenweider ran away from home (Switzerland) to make wine in Germany, having been energized by a single glass of Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Auslese (1990, in case you’re interested). That energy carried him to the home of the great Rieslings along the Mosel. Discovering there a literal goldmine (“Goldgrube”) in the process of falling into decrepitude, he purchased a hectare of ancient vines (80 years and up) and began making wine. Fifteen years later, his estate has quadrupled in size, going from miniscule to tiny, and his reputation among a discerning but necessarily small group (there’s just not much to go around) has risen with every vintage. When you taste his Kabinett, you’ll see why. Lush, light, sweet, lean, intense and easy-drinking all together, it does what Riesling does better than any other wine: balance opposites in beautiful tension. With an unctuous mouthfeel, it brings nectarine, peach, honeysuckle, with sweetness and acidity in a kinetic balance, it’s a powerful, energetic wine that finishes fresh and high-acid, cleansing your palate for the next sip.
Pairing: Enjoy it with coconut lemongrass chicken, marinated smoked salmon, or Riesling sauerkraut.
REGION: Mosel, GERMANY