For 300 years, the Richter family has owned and farmed vineyards in the central Mosel area. Working 40 acres of vines, they are masters of their craft and have consistently produced some of the region's best Rieslings. The sharp 'V' of the Mosel valley cuts through the landscape leaving steep slopes where the vineyards are planted. It offers great potential for wine, but a greater challenge to cultivate and harvest. Using all their accumulated knowledge over the generations, the Richters fastidiously work the land, focusing on small crop sizes, all-natural fertilizers and other sustainable practices to achieve a pristine crop each year. The work in the cellar shows the same attention to detail, with gentle pressing and slow temperature-controlled fermentation in traditional old oak barrels (fuders). This careful, deliberate process preserves the quality of the grapes, develops the unique character of the single-vineyard cuvées, and gives the wine exceptional longevity.
Tasting Note: The 2016 Richter Riesling Estate is fermented to the levels of residual sugar of Kabinett from the old days, i.e. 30 - 35 g/l. This offers a beautiful nose of greengage, grapefruit, green apple, Limoncello, star fruit and a whiff of pineapple. The wine is beautifully balanced on the palate and leaves a great delicately crisp and flowery feel in the impeccably balanced finish.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2008), 16.9/20 (average producer score)