Terroir to Table

The soils and site of vineyard plots can reflect beautifully in wines, especially when careful processing preserves and often enhances these attributes. The Reh Kendermann Terroir Collection has been created to do exactly this, working closely with vine growers to find the finest soils and cool climate conditions for each white grape. 

Reh Kendermann was founded in 1920 and has become Germany's largest export winery. They select grapes from the best sites in Pfalz and Mosel, using sustainable viticulture and gentle processing with grapes pressed in less than 3 hours from the moment of harvest. This careful attention to the delicate profiles of white grapes brings out the best cool-climate wines; elegant, contemporary and ideal for modern, light cuisine. 

The Terroir Collection showcases Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The speciality of the terroir for each of the wine sites is proudly displayed, so let us take you through the meaning and what to expect from each wine.

KALKSTEIN - Chalk-rich soils that bring lots of crisp minerality for refreshing wines. The Kalkstein Riesling also benefits from the long sunny season of the Pfalz wine region which helps the grapes to develop full flavour concentration. The result is a wine filled with stone fruit flavours of peach and apricot with a distinctively crisp and refreshing finish, making it perfect paired with seafood such as sushi or spicy Asian cuisine. The Kalkstein Sauvignon Blanc benefits from the swift pressing for lots of fresh and tropical aromas of yellow pepper, guava and passion fruit combining with classic zesty grapefruit and lime on the palate. A superb partner for goats cheese and crusty bread, a platter of sushi or thai chicken curry.

URMEER LOESS - Urmeer relates to the ancient seabed which helps create deep Loess soils, a mix of clay and silt windblown from the ancient seabed that is rich in nutrients for grapevines to achieve full flavour concentration. Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) particularly favours these soils, and this example takes grapes from the Upper Rhine Plain of Pfalz where they are abundant. The wine is classically delicate and crisp whilst brimming with fresh fruit flavours such as ripe pear, along with a hint of soft spice. Excellent to accompany creamy white cheeses, mushroom risotto or fried calamari. 

STEILLAGE - means "steep slopes" where good sun is provided for vines, whilst SCHIEFER refers to slate soils which drain so well in Mosel Valley that even the dreaded Phylloxera, a common threat to vines across Europe, cannot survive. Needless to say, Reh Kendermann's Riesling grapes are from these steep Mosel Valley slopes creating the perfect environment for them to reach full ripeness in cool climate conditions. It teases the tongue with zingy citrus fruit and crisp green apple before a long, appealing finish that perfectly partners  salty nibbles, light and spicy fish or creamy chicken dishes.

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