Rieslings are rapidly becoming my favorite wines as they are extremely versatile, food-friendly, and absolutely delicious. Rieslings are captivating with their aromatics and the wines are rarely ever oaked and are dry, crisp, and delicious. Some of my favorite Rieslings are produced by Nik Weis from Mosel Germany.
Nik Weis is a big personality. He is enthusiastic and dedicated to serious winemaking. His family has been making wine in Mosel for over 200 years. St.Urbans-Hofs was founded by Weis’s Grandfather in 1949 and today is the second largest family-owned and family-run winery in the Mosel. The vines on average are 50 years old. These old vines root deep into the soil, reaching the bedrock of slate which contains the minerality that gives his Rieslings great structure and minerality.
In 1997 Nik took over the winery at the very young age of 26. Having grown up in the vineyards, Nik Weis was hesitant at first to make a dry “Troken Riesling”, it was only a bit later with a combination of global warming and old vines, that he started to make high-quality dry Mosel wines.
In the Mosel, Rieslings are made on slate soils, they are low in alcohol and have less natural sugar. The wines have high acidity, minerality, and distinct salinity. The Rieslings are smoky, earthy, and savory.
Nik is famous for making many small batches of Rieslings every vintage. He loves to cook and so he is unshakeable in his conviction that Riesling is the best choice for its versatility and ability to pair with an eclectic choice of foods. He cooks all types of cuisines to pair with Rieslings.
Here are the latest releases that you need to get your hands on.
Nik Weis Mosel Urban Riesling 2019 ($13.99)
This Urban Riesling is a classic Mosel Riesling. 100% Riesling from a diverse clonal selection and premium blue-slate soil vineyards. Nice aromas of floral and spice. On the palate, the wine is fresh with intense notes of lemon, apricots, and peach. The finish is off-dry and crisp. Great quality wine for the price.
Nik Weis St. Urbans Hof Wiltinger Kabinett Mosel 2018 ($19.99)
“Wiltingen” is a well-known village in the Saar Valley as many famous winemakers own vineyards in this area. This Wiltinger Kabinett is well defined and elegant. There is freshness on the nose with a hint of spice and smoke. Delicate sweetness coats the palate with hints of lemon, white flowers, and stone fruit. A stimulating Riesling with nice acidity and lingering minerality. This Kabinett is the perfect pairing with spicy Indian dishes, Thai curries, pork tenderloin, crab, and scallops.
** Pictures Courtesy Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof **