Winery: Peter Mertes
Brand/Type: Spatlese Riesling
Vintage: N/A
Country: Germany
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Alcohol content: 9%
Closure: Synthetic
Appearance: Pale straw
Aroma/Bouquet: Pears, peaches, apricot

This being a non-vintage bottling with the label boasting the distinction of being “privatekellerei” or private cellar seemed a bit odd. This combined with a very low price; we didn’t hold many positive expectations. Sometimes Germany floods the market with cheap, poor quality Rieslings that give both the grape and Germany a black eye with many wine drinkers. This however is not one of those…

Happily this wine was quite a pleasant surprise; expecting a cheap, syrupy sweet wine with little if any character, instead we found it to be a nicely complex, off dry, that paired well with seafood, salads, and even Thai! It also lends itself to drinking it alone without a meal just as well.

Peter Mertes has produced a very good, low priced wine. Despite being a later harvest, this Spatlese isn’t overly sweet like many Spatlese’s tend to be. It has a perfectly punctuated sweet note, but only a very short one on the initial taste. After that first impression you discover the pear flavors that dissolve into a light lemon finish that was bright and clean. The acidity and mineral is nearly perfect in balance.

We suspect that Peter Mertes doesn’t indicate a vintage and uses the private cellar distinction to represent a wine made from grapes sourced throughout the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. It’s certainly understated and the wine is truly great. Highly recommended.