"Spatlese" simply means "Late Harvest." Spatlese wines can be bone dry to very sweet. This Riesling Spatlese is what the Germans like to call fruity or slightly sweet. Since the grapes are harvest later, the flavors are more intense and riper than the St. Gabriel Riesling QbA. This Riesling has rich, flavors of green apples, peaches, pears, limes and passion fruit. The mouth-feel is fuller and more intense with excellent texture and weight.
Vineyard & Winemaking Notes
The grapes are from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany. The steep south facing slopes and stony slate soils are ideal growing conditions for Riesling. Due to the steep slopes the vines are trained up 8 foot high wooden stakes and are harvested by hand.
Reviews & Awards
2010 St. Gabriel® Riesling Spatlese
BEST BUY - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2013
"Aromatically subdued, with just a whiff of steely minerality, this easygoing Riesling boasts ripe peach and apricot flavors, accented by hints of spice and crushed stone. The finish is brisk, with vivid lemon-lime acidity."