Müller Thurgau 2022 – Apostelhoeve.
Recently we reviewed Apostelhoeve’s top Cuvée, Cuvée XII 2022. Apostelhoeve is one of the oldest wineries in the Netherlands in the southern part of the Limburg province, which is close to Maastricht. Look at the post to check out the region and winery. In this review, we are discussing their 2022 Müller Thurgau. A wine that is more straightforward and fresher, with this review we are also sharing some additional information on this relative rare grape variety.
About the Region & Winery
Limburg province in the Netherlands borders Germany and Belgium. The Netherlands has an impressive history about wine, despite the coolness of the climate. There are recodes of wine-producing vines growing in Limburg in Holland in 1324. Although they have not been producing wine for some time as discouraged by a series of cold summers and economic turbulence of the Napoleonic era, it restarted winemaking again in 1960. In the southern part of the country, Vinifera varieties such as Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Auxerrois, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir have been produced. Apostelhoeve, with 20 ha, was the first finery to produce high-quality wines in 1970.
About the Variety
Müller Thurgau is the most successful German cross of the Riesling×Madeleine Royal, developed in 1882 by the scientist Hermann Müller from the Swiss town of Thurgau. Now that climate change makes northern regions produce wider varieties, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, or even Pinot Noir, this charming variety is still one of the most widely planted varieties in the Netherlands and Germany. It is early ripening, hence can be ripened even in cool climate regions, resulting in attractive approachable wine with floral and fruity aromas. Its lower acidity than Riesling means it can be enjoyable when young.
This wine is made with 100% Müller-Thurgau. The pale lemon color is sparkling when it is under the sunlight. Charming white peach, green apple, pear, and honeysuckle aromas are accentuated by lemon peel notes and minerality on the nose. On the palate, the harmonious mouthfeel is delightful and well-balanced by its sweetness and fresh acidity and the refreshing citrus flavors linger to the end. Clean, pure, and fresh. A perfect example of an aperitif on a sunny afternoon.
Spring has come to the northern hemisphere, and we have more chances to enjoy wine outside with close family and friends. Bring this bottle out and enjoy life!
Other Apostelhoeve wines we reviewed:
This review is written by our own Kazumi Uejo. This wine and other Apostelhoeve wines are available at Bovino Wines.
Taste date: April 2023
Score: 86/100 DWA Score