Germany is celebrating its anniversary years – firstly it’s been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-2014) and, secondly, it’s also been 25 years of official German reunification (1990-2015). To celebrate both anniversaries, the students from the Geisenheim University created the ‘unification wines’ in which the whole spectrum of German wine production is represented. As they wrote in a letter to me, “the wine symbolizes the unity of Germany through its varied wine cultures and tastes”. Apart from The White Cuvee there is also The Red Cuvee – read more about it here.
The label of the White Cuvee has been designed by students of the Geisenheim University and shows the map of Germany full of colours that represents the German flag; the wine regions have been cut off the map (label), so you can clearly see the wine through the regions of its origin. You will also find the former border between East and West marked with a dotted line that represents the time before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
So.. how does the wine taste?
The Unification White Cuvee 2014 is a bright, pale green tinged coloured wine. The aroma is very subtle with lots of lemon notes and green leaves. Wine smells very fresh and mineral; you will find there lemon peel, lime, green apple and a hint of pineapple.
In the mouth The Unification White Cuvee 2014 is fresh, simple and quite neutral. The acidity is high, lively and crisp. This cuvee is very delicate, harmonious and light with firm bitterness of orange and lemon peel. Alcohol is a bit warm but it builds a nice spine altogether with minerality and citrus fruit flavours.
The palate is very fresh and steely with lots of lemon, lime, pineapple and a powerful green apple flavours. Unification White Cuvee 2014 is an agreeable and fresh wine with a short but intense lemony finish with a hint of orange peel.
THE UNIFICATION WHITE CUVEE 2014 wine details:
Wine – The Unification White Cuvee
Country – Germany
Region – all thirteen quality wine regions of Germany: Ahr, Baden, Franken, Hessische Bergstrasse, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen and Wurttemberg
Appellation – Deutcher Wine
Vintage – 2014
Grape varieties – Riesling (60%), 40% others (Chardonnay, Silvaner, Scheurebe, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Solaris)
Producer – Hochschule Geisenheim University (read more)
Distributor / Importer – Hochschule Geisenheim University
Winemaker – nd
Vineyards – different vineyards in Germany
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; white couvee, dry off
Alcohol – 11,5%
Barrel ageing – no
Cellaring – no, drink in next 1-2 years
Price range – nd
Others – wine made for the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany (3.10.1990 – 3.10.2015)
Tasting date – 2nd of October, 2015