Shades of Blue is made from Riesling grown in the Mosel Region of Germany, which is the oldest wine region in the country. The Mosel is located in the far west of Germany, bordering Luxemburg and near France’s famous wine growing region of Alsace. The vineyards in the Mosel are predominately located on steep slopes that overlook the Mosel river, which is lined with scenic, picturesque villages where viticulture is a major source of economic activity. Many of the vineyards in the Mosel are so steep that they require grapes to be harvested by hand. These vineyards are known for their distinctive soil, which is comprised primarily of slate and impart a mineral characteristic to the wines that is characteristic of the region.
The climate in the Mosel is temperate, and Germany is among the most northerly wine-growing countries of the world. The Gulf Stream and proximity to the Mosel River temper the cool climate and allow grapes to slowly ripen, creating complex and interesting wines. This climate allows for a long growing season, with the Riesling harvest generally taking place into October. The long growing period ensures that the Riesling grapes will reach optimal ripeness and also allows for the preservation of fruity acidity, which is essential to balance the sweetness in a great Riesling.
After the Riesling grapes have been deemed ready for harvest, the grapes are pressed and the juice is slowly fermented in temperature controlled tanks, preserving the delicate fruit. Following fermentation the wines are kept in stainless steel tanks before bottling. Shades of Blue Riesling is ready to enjoy immediately. For optimal enjoyment it is best served chilled.