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Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett 2006

Only the "Prädikat"-wines from the Scharzhofberg and from Wiltinger braune Kupp carry vineyard designations. In almost every year it is possible to produce Kabinett wines. We have never followed the official classification according to Oechsle-levels or sugar content at harvest but for us Kabinett is made from grapes ripe enough not to need Chaptalisation and yet not overripe. These wines are unique because in the Saar’s cool climate the grapes can be fully ripe and still have very low sugar content. They can achieve physiological ripeness around 70° Oechsle in a lesser, late ripening vintage like 1987 but may need as much as 95° Oechsle in years with hot summers like 2003.

 For the consumer it is important to know that we use the term "Kabinett" merely as a guarantee that the wine is not chaptalised or "naturrein" as such wines were called by our ancestors. (Theoretically, it is possible to label these wines simply as "Scharzhofberger" Q. b. A. but by convention it is expected that Q. b. A. will be chaptalised.) Our Kabinett have only 7 to 9% alcohol and often the slaty minerality and the Saar’s acidity dominate the fruit flavours. They are off dry but can taste quite dry because of the low alcoholic strength. Kabinett wines are very refreshing when young but can age gracefully for 10 or more years. Especially Kabinett wines from the Scharzhofberg develop tremendous complexity with bottle age.