Germany - Germany Introduction Germans drink more beer than...

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1 1 Germany 2 Introduction • Germans drink more beer than wine • Annual wine production much lower than France or Italy • Greater proportion of German wines fall into highest category of QmP-sometimes as high as 98!% • Not all German wines are sweet, not all German wines are white. 3 Climate • Climate demands concentration on white • Promotes concentration on delicacy and finesse, on high acidity and low alcohol, but with excellent fruit character. • Rivers play an important role in moderating climate 4 Wine making • Long, slow fermentation in inert containers; large old oak casks or stainless steel • “Engineered wines” vs “natural” fermentation • Trocken and Halbtrocken • Capitalization and Sussreserve
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2 5 Grape Varietals White • Reisling: most widely planted and “most noble” grape in Germany • Müller-Thurgau : highly successful as combines flavor character of riesling with physiology of chasselas, an early ripening variety • Sylvaner less used now- regarded as workhorse, wines less elegant than Riesling 6 Red • Spätburgunder • Pinot Noir – major increase in vineyard acreage • Portugieser and Dornfelder • Only about 8% of total plantings are red 7 Anbaugebiete- Large region –one of 13 big as Bordeaux Tafelwein- Table Wine 8 Regions • Pages 448- 561) • Are 13 quality regions – 4 major regions: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer – Rheingau – Pfalz (north vs south) – Rheinhessen
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3 9 Mosel Valley • High percentage of Reisling, very steep vineyard, slate soils, long growth. Searing acidity; amazing finesses • Bernkastler- most famous winery in Germany • Traditional green bottles 10 Rheingau • Little farther south than Mosel • Perfect exposure and protection • Makes good Pinot Noir as well has mineral treak to wines • Little higher in alcohol than Mosel • The most important vineyards are at Rüdesheim, Johannisberg, Erbach, Oestrich-Winkel, Medrich, and
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