Bernkasteler Lay Dry Riesling Grosses Gewachs
German Riesling is rightly seen in some circles as a very fine wine indeed. It is a constant source of regret that these circles are as yet so small. The reason why this is, is largely to do with the fashion of the 1970’s & 80’s which were concerned with high yields and sweet pallid wines. Thankfully this trend is well and truly outdated. The vast majority of Riesling now made in German are dry and of top quality from lower yields. It also helps that the word ‘Dry’ appears on the label!
The Bernkasteler Lay vineyard is made up of that famous blue slate synonymous with the Mosel valley, the word Lay even means slate in old dialect and it is the vineyard on the outskirts of the village Bernkastel. This vineyard is of Grosses Gewaches class, which is the same level as a Grand Cru in Alsace or indeed, Burgundy. To be considered at this level yields must be carefully controlled, and viticulture of the utmost care taken. Incidentally, the blue slate on which the grapes are grown is high in potassium which helps give the wine a minerally fresh acidity and keep it lean and pure. Yet another factor to contribute to the quality of the wine produced here.
This wine shows beautifully pure citrus and stone fruit characteristics that play lightly on the palate with lots of fresh minerality and lemony acidity. This makes for the perfect aperitif. It is also the perfect wine to pair with aromatic cooking, like vietnamese or thai food.