Riesling Kaiton, Kuenhof, 2012

Peter and Brigitte Pliner own this great winery in Val d’Isarco, producing organic white wines which are very hard to forget.

The terroir of the area is typical Dolomiti, stony with schist and quartz, and steep, the air is so clean that it almost makes your head spin.

Sunny days are so great for grapes, the height here is 700-800m and the concentration of sun rays allows very good sugar concentration in the grapes Kuenhof grows: Sylvaner, Veltliner and Riesling.

The work of the Pliners is sublime, it is one of the few wines with screwcap that is worth trying, Peter is very proud of those as he says he wants people to drink the wine as he intended, with no further evolutions a traditional cork may bring.

This 2012 Riesling Kaiton (which means forest) is the perfect expression of the minerality of the terroir.

Clear scents of lemon zest, yellow flowers and amazing minerality. Like many rieslings, it develops scents of hydrocarbons (Petrol) which become more definite as the wine ages.

It does not stop at simply giving the tangy feeling of something itching the tongue, this is more like licking a quartz stone, or a piece of steel. It’s as straight as a wine can get.

It may not be for everyone, but it’s a wine you will definitely remember and an ideal companion for lightly spicy food or a flavoured dish fish like Rombo al cartoccio (baked turbot with potatoes, olives and cherry tomatoes).

If you are looking for something elegant, not too fruity, which may surprise your guests, this is a great choice.

You can find the wine here