Schloss Vollrads Volratz 1573 Riesling 2013
Yep! Another Riesling post. I can’t help it; I just really love Riesling.
It’s so refreshing and flavourful. It’s a thinker, but also a drinker. It can be sweet and luscious or dry and zippy. It can be fruity or smell like petrol. It can age for 100+ years, but can be drunk right away when it’s young and zesty.
Basically it’s amazing. And when I’m done with you, you’re going to be all about Riesling like it’s a religion.
And it kind of is. Somms love it, winemakers love it. You should love it. There’s even a wine bar in New York that only serves Riesling in the summertime because they are geniuses and want everyone to share in the joy that is this misunderstood grape.
Yes, I know, you think they’re sweet. We’ve been over that. And even if they are a bit sweet, they have a secret weapon – acidity – that totally balances out the sugar so all good Rieslings (and there are many) go down super refreshing, no matter their sugar levels.
Here’s how it works: the sugar in the wine coats your tongue but, before you can even properly perceive the sweetness, a gush of acidity rinses your palate clean so all you get is a mouth full of delicious and saliva. Pretty smart, huh?
Every summer I’m tempted to have my own summer of Riesling (I even stock up on Zantac to prepare). And last week I went on a little binge. See, right after I bought and loved that other Riesling, my friend told me about another.
This friend, let’s call her Caitlin (because that’s her name), is the girl who got me into wine. She’s who I call when I have wine questions. She also sells incredible wine professionally and has a great palate. So when she tells me about a bottle, I listen.
This bottle was a bit hard to find. There are under 1,000 bottles left in all of the LCBO. But if you do find it, it’s totally worth it. It’s got a bit more sugar than the last Riesling I told you about (8 g/l, so barely), but that little bit of sugar gives it a lot more life. It’s got a richer mouthfeel and some of the flavours are a bit more concentrated, even a tad honeyed. It’s still lively and bright, though, so don’t fret.
The winemaker’s website says they believe Riesling makes people happy, and this one definitely does the trick (I even did my delicious dance upon first sniff, true story). I’m also really into the packaging. It’s a riff on the classic blue bottle that’s come to represent German Riesling but with a geometric pattern in the neck, so that’s cool if you’re into that kind of thing. But even if you’re not, you should get into this wine.
Nose: This gets me salivating on first sniff. It’s all lime and beeswax and honeyed apricots, a hint of petrol. There might even be a touch of green apple. It runs from citrusy to tropical and it’s enticing.
Palate: Lively AF! This Riesling also has a bit of effervescence going on, but so little it’s just lifting alongside that acidity for a really refreshing and zippy sip. (Caitlin says it has a spark and she is not wrong.) Flavours are concentrated lime and tropical, with a hint of honey – but it’s not sweet. It’s just that flavour, like you know how sometimes you cook with honey to bring out the earthy sweetness in carrots? Like that but fresh. It’s so full of life and delicious flavours. It was hard not to gulp it (I know I say that a lot, but I mean it). The minerality here is a bit less obvious than in the other Riesling we discussed, but it’s there. The lime really shows up on the finish but you’re left with an impression of stone fruit. This is pretty complex stuff for under $20. Classic Riesling.