Saturday, March 28, 2009

Moselland Bereich Bernkastel Kabinett 2007

This is a relatively simple, crisp, slightly sweet German white wine from the Bernkastel district of the Mosel wine region.

It's a wine of Prädikatswein (Kabinett) quality.  If you're not sure what that means, Prädikatswein just means that it's from the highest level of the German wine classification system, and the Kabinett part means the grapes are of the minimum ripeness (and therefore sugar level) required. 

It sounds complicated, but if you want to look for the best quality, remember the Prädikatswein part (it may appear as "QmP" on the label - it was recently renamed from "Qualitätswein mit Prädikat"), and then there is a scale for determining sugar content, with Kabinett being the lowest (and therefore generally the driest).  If this discussion has piqued your curiosity beyond the scope of this post (which I'm sure it has), you can get up to speed here.

Considering this wine was only £4.49, I think it's a pretty good deal.  There is no mention on the label of the grape varieties involved, and I'm not going to try to guess them all.  I imagine Riesling is in there somewhere, along with other specialties of the Mosel region.   It's not the most complicated wine in the world, but it's a decent example of a quality Mosel wine for a more than decent price.

Bereich Bernkastel Kabinett 2007
Mosel, Germany

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