The southernmost Kühling-Gillot site in the Nierstein Red Slope is the Ölberg. This unique site is oriented in an east-west alignment and has a slope angle of 65%. In this exceptional topography, the red clay slate replaces the humus foundation of the vineyard and also serves as a heat reservoir. An altitude of 80 to 170 metres contributes to its particularity. The grapes were carefully selected and harvested by hand before the must was fermented naturally and later aged in 1,200-litre wooden barrels.
The appearance of this wine is best described as light golden yellow.
On the nose, the Ölberger Riesling impresses with its subtle and typically reserved fruitiness with aromas of apples and apple peel. Added to this are notes of verbena, mint and wormwood, orange oil and zest, as well as a hint of hops and curry leaf. The classic characteristics of its youth show up in the form of sweet-looking yeast, while the overall impression is dominated by a gossamer and ethereal aroma.
On the palate, the Ölberger Riesling unfolds all its juiciness, effervescent liveliness, roundness and silky softness. This wine reveals a slightly viscous and extract-rich texture, underlined by fine aromas of ripe apples, kumquats and almonds. The profundity of this salty and zesty wine is not apparent at first sip, but becomes more insistent and evident with each subsequent drinking. A distinctly mineral wine that makes the mouth water.
Culinary partnerships - alternatives to Raffelt's proposals
Try roasted asparagus with lemon aioli or chicken in a lemon butter sauce with a crisp rocket salad. Squid ink grilled on a bold black olive tapenade and roasted red peppers would also complement this wine perfectly.
Winery Carolin Spanier-Gillot, Oelmühlstr. 25, 55294 Bodenheim/Rheinhessen / Germany, organic certificate: DE-ÖKO-039