The region of Nahe is located in the Southwest of Germany covering over 4000 hectares. One of the Germany's smaller regions, it is characterized by tranquil vineyards, orchards and meadows. The soil in the region can vary dramatically from quartzite and slate or sandstone to clay with loam and loess. The diverse type of soil means Nahe can accommodate a large range of varietals. Equally, the same varietal may present itself in different ways depending on the type of soil. The point being - there's no shortage of variety in Nahe wines, you'll never be bored!
While the winemakers in the area may differ as dramatically as the soil, one commonality among them is a love and respect for nature and their region. While not organic, Schweinhardt is invested in protecting and giving back to their environment. In 2018, they partnered with the University of Applied Sciences Bingen to create a 160m Beetlebank that would promote biodiversity and revitalize the area. The project was a success and plans for a second Beetlebank are underway for this year. Drink now and serve at 8 - 10 C.
A lovely pale straw core that is translucent throughout with bright straw edges.
A few swirls and we are greeted by subtle floral aromas that emanate from the glass making us think of white flowers. There is a straw-like scent that intermingles with hints of vanilla. We also find notes of plum rind and dried fruit like raisins, figs and dates.
One sip and we are immediately pleased with the lively grapefruit, citrus and lemon notes that coat our palate. The medium body reminds us of an orange creamsicle that has a hint of sweetness with some tartness to balance. Grapefruit and citrus rind components are also present. The structured and lingering finish of unsweetened grapefruit juice leaves us wanting more. There are subtle white pepper and gin botanical elements reminiscent of juniper and coriander.
A spicy fish dish, cooked on the grill with smoked paprika rub or a cedar planked salmon. Or hold onto this wine until Thanksgiving to pair with your turkey!
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec
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