Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett 2015
To get this much flavour from a wine with 8.5% ABV that is perceptibly dry is a remarkable achievement. It seems somehow that the Mosel has fallen out of favour with trends due to a perception that the wines are sweet. So much is wrong with that belief, but it is probably partially responsible for the fact that the wines of Willi Schaefer (a Mosel producer with a cult-ish following and a small production of 35,000 bottles from 60 year old ungrafted vines) seem to sit around on BC retail store shelves far too long.
The 2015 is a great vintage for Schaefer and this single vineyard (Domprobst) is, in my view, Schaefer’s greatest. The wine has incredible versatility with food and is also wonderful on its own. There is great density and concentration but also a lightness on its feet and a pinpoint precision of flavour and crystalline essence you only find in the best wines from Germany.
I used to hunt these wines out in the US and now you can grab them on BC store shelves. Do yourself a favour and pick up a few of the various single vineyard bottlings to explore the transparency of Riesling to its terroir.
Excellent and Highly Recommended Value
~$50 + tax at Kits Wine