Fruity Rieslings are aromatic symphonies, with the delicious harmonization of fruit, raciness, minerality, and exceptional natural sweetness. They thrive best in steep vineyards, where the berries receive plenty of sun and warmth even through late autumn. Schlossgut Diel enjoys precisely these optimal conditions for naturally sweet wines. They lend the classic fruity Prädikat wines extraordinary energy as well as a truly distinctive character and delicately fruity taste. The variety is Germany’s most frequently planted, with roughly 5,000 hectares in Rheinland-Pfalz alone. At Schlossgut Diel, where 2/3 of the vineyards are planted not just with Riesling, but in some cases with very old Riesling, there is a long and deep institutional knowledge of how to work with the variety. The Diels simply know what Riesling vines want and need, and that the variety challenges the winegrower, but rewards attention to detail with tremendous results. Far from the mainstream, these fruity Rieslings present themselves as a surprising aperitif as well as an excellent pairing partner with spicy appetizers or strong cheeses. In addition, fruity Rieslings offer thrilling, clarion refreshment, whether enjoyed in their youth or maturity. This list includes excellent wines such as:
• Nahesteiner® Riesling Kabinett VDP.Gutswein
A Game of Stone and Fruit—Delicately spicy aromas, enveloping apricot and peach. Perfect balance, mineral playfulness, and refreshing finish. Ideal when paired with Asian cuisine and other spicy fare. And already a joyously refreshing aperitif!
• Burg Layer Johannisberg Riesling Kabinett VDP.Erste Lage
Racy, Balanced and Refreshing—Intricate aromas of stony minerality and pink grapefruit. Tremendously fresh, subtle fruitiness, and a lingering finish. Ideal when paired with Asian cuisine and other spicy fare. Or ready to open now as a joyously refreshing aperitif!
• GOLDLOCH Riesling Kabinett VDP.Große Lage
Delightfully Drinkable—The distinctive combination of yellow fruit aromas, racy acidity, and flinty accents lends our GOLDLOCH Kabinett endless and delightful drinkability. The GOLDLOCH’s grapes for our juicy Rieslings grow on XYZ ancient, gravel-rich soils from the Permian period. Traditional terraces and steep gradients measuring between 45-55% make this terrain a true labor of love. An ideal pairing partner with Asian-spiced cuisine, and seafood with a traditional cocktail sauce. Or ready to open now as a joyously refreshing aperitif!
• PITTERMÄNNCHEN Riesling Kabinett VDP.Große Lage
Stony and Bright—The weathered gray slate of PITTERMÄNNCHEN provides the perfect foundation for this stony and bright Kabinett. The famous vineyard delivers elegant Rieslings with refined slate aromas, stunning minerality, and a delicate yet racy playfulness. This site is known for its highly weathered Devonian slate atop Rotliegend conglomerate. Ready to open now as a joyously refreshing aperitif! Pairs best with seafood and spicy Asian dishes.
• GOLDLOCH Riesling Spätlese VDP.Große Lage
Balance & Freshness—Our traditional GOLDLOCH Spätlese exudes charm through a balanced integration of tropical fruitiness and fine-boned freshness. The GOLDLOCH’s grapes for our juicy Rieslings grow on XYZ ancient, gravel-rich soils from the Permian period. Traditional terraces and steep gradients measuring between 45-55% make this terrain a true labor of love. And a decade of maturation transforms our Spätlese into a delightful aperitif. Superb paired with spicy Asian fare.
• PITTERMÄNNCHEN Riesling Spätlese VDP.Große Lage
Playful & Intricate—A surprising Spätlese that leaves no wish unfulfilled: refreshing, playful, and intricate, with tremendous minerality. Featuring highly weathered Devonian slate atop Rotliegend conglomerate, the famous vineyard delivers elegant Rieslings with refined slate aromas, stunning minerality, and a delicate yet racy playfulness. And after a few years of bottle aging, it can be a captivating aperitif as well as a perfect pairing with a range of spicy dishes.