Morstein Riesling 2016

Morstein Riesling 2016

93/100 Points by James Suckling

Grape: Riesling
Alcohol: 13% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2016
Format: 75cl
Classification: Einzellage (Single Vineyard)
Region: Rheinhessen
Country: Germany





2016 was not an easy vintage for the German winemakers. Spring showed changing weather with lots of rain but also warm temperatures including heavy storms and even hail. Summer continued
unstable. One day hot, the other wet. Harvest, however, was good with dry sunny days and cool nights. These vines are 45 years old on pure limestone subsoil topped with heavy clay and marl.


Selectively hand-picked grapes, long maceration for up to 60 hours, spontaneous fermentation in 30 %wooden barrel, 70 % stainless steel and extended yeast contact. Nose perceives coolness with tingling aromas of citrus, mirabelle plums and juicy peaches. A hint of saltiness greets you on the palate along with earthy notes of yellow fruit, with depth, structure and an elegant finish. This wine suits Japanese cusine such as sushi and sashimi seamlessly, but also has enough weight to pair with a veal or a pork dish.


Rheinhessen is a very famous wine region in Germany, located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is one of the country’s 13 official wine regions and is known for its rich winemaking history and high-quality wines. Rheinhessen is the largest wine-producing region in Germany, covering an area of approximately 26,500 hectares of vineyards.

Rheinhessen lies to the west of the Rhine River and is bordered by the Nahe wine region to the northwest and the Pfalz wine region to the south. The region’s landscape is characterized by gently rolling hills and a temperate climate that is influenced by the river.

Climate & Terroir

 Spring in Rheinhessen tends to be cool, which can be challenging for the early growth of grapevines. Frosts can occur in spring, posing a risk to the young buds.

 Summers in Rheinhessen are generally warm, allowing the grapes to ripen and develop their flavors. However, the presence of the Rhine River and its cooling effect helps to prevent extreme heat waves.

The region benefits from a relatively long growing season, allowing the grapes to reach full maturity. This extended ripening period contributes to the development of complex flavors and balanced acidity in the wines.

The region’s moderate climate with warm days and cool nights in autumn is particularly favorable for the late ripening grape varieties like Riesling. This combination helps the grapes retain acidity while achieving sufficient sugar levels, leading to the production of high-quality wines.

Ideal drinking temperature 11° Celsius.