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Stephane Berg Riesling 2015

Alsace, France

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Round and ripe with big aromas and a midweight, energetic wash of lemon 'n' lime, honeyed apple and apricot, enlivened by a spine of smoky minerality and orange peel. Viscous and concentrated, with good typicity for the style.

Fruity enough to drink on its own but pairs well with tandoori chicken,  pad Thai or crab cakes too.

This Riesling comes from hand-harvested grapes grown in the pretty NE French wine region of Alsace. The fermentation and (brief) ageing takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. With just 6 grams of residual sugar per litre, it is made in a barely off-dry style, with just a flicker of sugar apparent on the clean finish. Cave d'Orschwiller is located in the southern part of the Bas-Rhin subregion.

Alsace is a white wine region whose trademarks include: varying sweetness levels, oak-free winemaking, varietal labeling and ominous, Germanic-looking 'flute' bottles. Alsatian Rieslings tend to be rich and generous, plumped up by their growing in a balmy 'rain shadow' to the east of the Vosges mountains. Riesling, which is lionized by wine buffs who deem it to be the wine world's finest white grape, makes up 22% of AC Alsace's production. 

Alsace, France
Alcohol: 12%
Style: Round, succulent, intense
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2024

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