Axel Pauly is one of the rising stars of German wine. He took over the Pauly estate from his father after doing vintages in California, New Zealand and other parts of Germany. Most of the seven hectares of vineyards are in the heart of the Mosel Valley in the village of Lieser, with the exception of a small parcel in the highly regarded, neighbouring village of Bernkastel. The majority of Axel's wines are dry or off-dry in style and are closed with screwcap to preserve the purity and freshness from Riesling grown on the famous slate soils of the Mosel.
The Kabinett Riesling was harvested from the family's small parcel of vines in the single vineyard of Kardinalsberg located in Bernkastel. Stringent crop-thinning and leaf-plucking ensured excellent flavour concentration in the ripe grapes, which were sorted and picked manually to ensure only the best berries were selected at harvest time.
In relation to the 2016 growing season, it began uneventfully, however high rainfall in early summer created serious disease pressure, which required careful vineyard management. There were also late frost and hail storms, which threatened the entire harvest. The weather improved from July onwards, and the crop quality recovered, resulting in wines lower in alcohol and higher in acidity than 2015.
In the cellar, the juice remained in contact with the skins for 10 hours prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks as this helps extract the typical Riesling flavours. The fermentation lasted two and a half weeks at approximately 20°C with natural yeasts and fermentation was stopped at 8.5% ABV. The wine was kept in inert, large oak barrels for six to seven months, which resulted in a more mellow, smooth wine but without any hint of oak. It is slightly sweeter in style than Axel's other wines.
The wine has notes of sweet honey, melon, ripe apples and peaches with a pinch of fresh hay. The palate is lively, with an elegant minerality, a touch of sweetness and lingering flavours of citrus and spice.
Origin: Mosel / Germany
- Grapes: Riesling