Leonard Kreusch Mosel Riesling 2019 Review – Off Dry

Published by Jeremy.

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Normally when we think of Rieslings from the Mosel, our first thoughts are of the low ABV, often semi-sweet wines that are, well, lovely.

But it is also not a safe assumption to think that all Mosel wines are sweet. Some, like Keonard Kreusch's Mosel Riesling, may be dry or, in this case, have just a little perceptible residual sugar to push it into the off-dry territory.

We can really get into a bottle like this one!

A Touch of Sugar and Minerality in Leonard Kreusch Riesling

Leonard Kreusch Riesling

This Mosel Riesling was pale lemon in color with medium aromas of lemon, lime, pear, peach, petrol, wet stone, and grapefruit.

On the palate, it was off-dry with medium(+) acidity and body, medium flavor intensity and alcohol, and a long finish. We had notes of lemon, lime, pear, petrol, yellow apple, pineapple, grapefruit pith, and wet stone.

The robust fruit flavor of this wine was quite enjoyable, but it was the minerality that really helped tie it all together for a complex wine that we quite liked. Throw on an almost undetectable amount of residual sugar, and we have to admit this one disappeared much faster than most bottles we open!

Riesling Food Pairing – Korean Tteokbokki

Mosel Riesling Food Pairing - Tteokbokki

We paired this Mosel Riesling with Korean tteokbokki- chewy rice cakes in a rich and spicy kimchi sauce.

The slight residual sugar in this one and higher acidity played off the powerful meal nicely and held its own despite the high degree of spice we added to the dish. The mineral flavors of the wine were subdued slightly with stronger fruit notes on the entire spectrum (citrus to tropical) which offered a refreshing break.

Could this pairing have done a bit better with a Riesling with slightly higher residual sugar? Of course- spicy heat always plays well with sugar. Are we upset? Absolutely not- this one shone all the same!

Score: 3.5 / 5

We'd buy a glass of this one and a bottle with the right meal.

When it comes down to it, a slightly off-dry Riesling with robust fruit flavors running the citrus to tropical spectrum is the kind of Riesling for us. While the flavor intensity could also have been slightly stronger for our liking, it was quite the well made wine and went quite well with our spicy Korean meal all the same. How this bottle disappeared in front of us so quickly is the best indication we can give!

Leonard Kreusch is located at Martinerfeld 61 54294 Trier/Mosel, Germany. We received this wine courtesy of Wines of Germany for review and enjoyed it in 2024. As always, all opinions are our own.

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