Get to know: Kettern Goldtropfchen Riesling Kabinett
This stunning wine is off-dry in style and has a real balance between fine herby lemon and apricot fruit, refreshing acidity, subtle sweetness and salty minerality. It is a formidable drinking wine with an alcohol content of well below 10%, from which - to quote Phillipp - "one can easily sometimes a drink a whole bottle."
Try this with a pork schnitzel.
Philipp is the 3rd generation of this engaging family estate, making Rieslings of a class worthy of your attention. He now looks to produce wines in his own modern way, but retaining the high-quality, traditional style he has inherited - with his father still around to advise.
The family own holdings in many small parcels around Piesport, on both sides of the river. The best come from the 'Grand Cru' vineyards of the Goldtröpfchen and Falkenberg, situated perfectly on the South-facing, and extremely steep slopes on the bend of the Mosel river.
These sites allow perfect ripeness of his Riesling grapes. He balances the classic, austere acidity of this variety with delightful fruit character, and, of course, a range of sweetness levels across the Prädikatswein scale.