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Wines from the Goldtroepfchen, Germany

This show was published 19 September 2008

Overview

160 acres in Goldtroepfchen different styles with early harvests and later harvest so they are producing grapes that are good for the Kabinetts, Spatlese, Auslese and then some very sweet styles.

The German wine law is up to 9g of sugar for Trocken (dry), up to 18g per litre for Halbtrocken (med dry) and above 50g of sugar the wines are classified as sweet. 200g of sugar is very rare and can keep for decades.

The slate soil gives a steely element to the wines with minerals and flintstone. The many styles mean the wines can be matched with almost every type of food. The sweeter white wines for example match well with cheese and the drier styles with asian food.

The biggest market for Goldtroepfchen wines is Germany followed by the US, Netherland and the UK plus other export markets.

Dry styles are available for export but in the UK but suppliers tend to stock the sweeter styles rather than try to educate their customers about other styles of German wines. They can also get dry styles from everywhere else in the world and tend to think of Germany for sweeter styles. Germany still suffers from the sweet and cheap image in the UK. Germans are favouring drier styles of Riesling and so much of the dry wine is for the domestic market.

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