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Kai Schätzel swims against the current. Even though his grape varieties and vineyards are very typical for the region, he is pursuing his very own idea behind the wines. Riesling and Silvaner on the Rote Hang does not sound unusual. However, Kai Schätzel is not averse to natural wines and obviously loves the reduction in the wines. Surrounded by big VDP wineries, he is really out of the ordinary. Kai goes no compromises and knows exactly how his wines should taste. They are by no means deliberate concept wines, but the honest result of his understanding of wine, Rheinhessen and its environment. True purists.

Already the Niersteiner Riesling and Silvaner show proper edge. Pure, clear and precise wineswhich actually hardly show any fruit. Spicy minerality pure. From the Sites Ölberg, Hipping and Pettenthal he then pushes the reduction to the extreme. The wines seem quite rough and wild when they are young. In the carafe or after a few years of bottle ageing, they unfold their beauty.

Luckily we still have a few 2016s and 2017s in the basement for you.

Schätzel and the cabinet revival

The classic Riesling Kabinett has been experiencing its second (third? fourth?) spring for some years now. High drinking fluency, with perfect Balance of sweetness and acidity also reaches target groups that are completely distant from wine and above all young. The wines convince with a German unique selling proposition: intense fruit with low alcohol, provided with a lot of freshness.

Kai Schätzel delivers this uncomplicated drinking pleasure with the KabiNett from. As with the dry wines, this style is also available in the local wines and as Großes Gewächs. From all three sites - Hipping, Ölberg and Pettenthal - you can feel and experience Riesling Kabinett. The character of the sites is clearly recognizable. The wines are characterized much independence, multifaceted drinking pleasure and great storage potential off.

Stephan Reinhardt from Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate rightly calls it a "one of the most exciting and interesting new discoveries in German wine culture"..

Written by Marian Hess, Copyright Living Wines.