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2019 Karl Josef Riesling Piesporter Michelsberg Spätlese: Mosel, Germany


Tasting Notes

This Riesling is the epitome of a traditional Mosel Riesling. This wine displays aromas and flavors of candied pears and apples. Lush, rich and expressive with intense fruit and a long flavorful finish. Medium-bodied. Just enough sweetness to make you come back for more.

Winery Details

Karl Josef wines are produced by Moselland, a grower’s cooperative. What is a grower’s cooperative, exactly? A cooperative is a group of wine grape growers who share their resources to produce, bottle, and market wine. Making wine independently requires investment and time that is practically beyond the means of most farmers. Cooperatives play an essential role by providing growers with access to economy of scale, a vocal role in production, and a fair share of profits. This approach also provides a tremendous benefit to consumers. Well-run cooperatives like Moselland are a prime source for excellent wines at lower prices. Moselland was formed in 1968 when several small cooperatives merged. It is now based in in the famous twin wine towns of Bernkastel-Kues, in the heart of the middle Mosel river valley. Moselland produces wines from all over Germany in a range of styles, and Riesling is their specialty.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Karl Josef

Grape(s): 100% Riesling

Style: White, semi-sweet

Origin: Mosel, Germany

Vinification: Grapes are conventionally harvested separately, according to vineyard site, and must weight. Lots are vinified individually in small stainless-steel tanks under temperature control using selected yeast. The wine is stored in tank until bottling, so only the freshest wine is shipped to the market.

Aging: Aged stainless steel.

% ABV: 8.5%