AXEL PAULY PURIST RIESLING KABINETT TROCKEN
Axel Pauly 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 Axels 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.
Purist Riesling was harvested from the familys steeply sloping vineyard in Lieser. Here, the soil is predominantly grey and blue slate, which is cooler than the red slate of neighbouring Bernkastel, and seems to give more minerally wines than the latter. 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. The wine is a Kabinett, meaning that it was harvested slightly later in the season, resulting in riper fruit and a fuller palate than the earlier-picked styles.
The 2018 vintage began with a perfect flowering without frost or hail damage. The growing period was defined by the hottest summer Germany has ever recorded, causing an early harvest. The fruit was picked at optimum ripeness with good acidity levels.
This wine is bright golden yellow in colour with youthful hints. The nose has fresh hay aromas along with yellow and exotic fruits. The palate is fresh and medium-bodied, with a striking mineral character and clear tropical fruit notes before the long finish.