One Of Germany’s Very Best
Markus Molitor is one of Germany’s most well-known wineries from the Mosel area. Half a year ago, I reviewed the 2007 vintage of Markus Molitor’s Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett. I liked the wine very much and therefore it was only natural that I could not resist to a bottle of the 2009 vintage. The wine was on sale and retailed for just 9.90€ (regular price 16.50€).
The sommelier working at the store informed me that 2009 was an excellent vintage for Mosel Riesling and the day before buying the wine I red the same at the Mosel Fine Wine Newsletter, which I highly recommend you to sign up to (3-4 editions per year and of course free).
The German wine system is a bit confusing. Zeltinger Sonnenuhr is the name for a so-called Lage or Weinlage. Similar to an Italian DOC area but usually much smaller. Zeltingnen is a comune at the Mosel. The “er” is a possessive suffix which indicates that the vineyard belongs to the comune Zeltingen. Sonnenuhr translates to sun dial. The term Kabinett is part of the German wine classification system. Kabinett is the lowest level of Prädikswein. In general, Kabinett refers to a semi-sweet wine but there are also off-dry and dry Kabinett wines. The Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett is one of these dry Kabinett wines.
Since I bought the wine at a very well-known delicatessen shop in Munich, the wine was also labeled “edition Dallmayr”, which indicates that the wine was produced for them.
Tasting Notes 2009 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett
In the glass, Markus Molitor’s Zeltinger Sonnenuhr had a pale yellow color. 11.5% was the label listed ABV. The bouquet consisted of citrus fruits, green apple, nuts and grapefruit. On the palate, the wine was well-balanced. Often I find that Riesling wines tend to be dominated by either sweetness or acidity. Fortunately, this was not the case here. I tasted lots of minerals and a fresh fruit. The wine had a lingering finish.
Excellent Riesling that I highly recommend.
I am not often impressed by Riesling wines but this one was outstanding and I have added it to my current top 10 list. Maybe I have to try a few more quality Riesling wines. If you know a good one then let me know. I am always looking for suggestions!
The shop where I bought the wine has also a Trockenbeerenauslese from Markus Molitor on sale (around 60€). I am tempted to buy it because it is an insane deal but I am not sure yet.
Have you tried this wine from Markus Molitor? Did you like it? Looking forward to read your comments.