Fritz-Müller Perlwein Trocken 2017

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of peach skin, green and Asian pear apples, a light touch of citrus and mineral, fresh herbs, as well as the floral notes of roses and orange blossoms.  Flavors have green notes, too, with ripe fruit and floral components.  The well-integrated CO2 is prickly in the mouth and well integrated in this truly quaffable wine.  Medium in body with a longer finish.


“Perlwein” is the German designation for a sparkling wine that has less CO2 than Sekt (Germany’s version of Champagne); it’s the equivalent of Italian “Frizzante.”  This bottling is an answer to Prosecco, developed by Guido Walter and Jürgen Hofmann.  Walter is a wine merchant from Munich who came up with the idea.  When he and his friends got together to celebrate, this was exactly what they wanted, but they couldn’t find a German-made version.  Hofmann is a rising star in the Rheinhessen, though he is only a small producer.  He thought Müller-Thurgau would be the perfect grape, reliable and early-ripening with some of the peachy qualities of Riesling (it’s the basis of Liebfraumilch); unfortunately, it had been used for a long time to produce large quantities of sweet QBA wines. It is extremely productive, but when yields are controlled, it produces wines of minerality, complexity, refinement, and sheer enjoyment.  Hofmann has captured these qualities in this bottling.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Cheese, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese, Vegetables

Grape Varietal:
Other White, Müller-Thurgau
$16.00 each