Klaus-Peter Keller continues a long tradition of winemaking in the Rheinhessen, the largest of Germany's wine regions. His family established the holding in 1789, and since then, they've remarkably produced an unbroken line of only male descendants.
Even with this long history, the Keller wines have only begun to make a real mark over the last twenty years. The rich clay/loam soil in the sub region of Hugelland, home to the Keller vineyards, is the source of so much ordinary wine. How have the Keller's escaped this trap? Only through meticulous effort in the vineyards and the winery, combined with searching inquiry into the varieties, clones, rootstocks and techniques best fitted for these soils. But when tasting the wines, the effort put in by Klaus-Peter -- and his father Klaus -- becomes immediately apparent.
We're not the only ones who have noticed. In 2001 the estate was awarded the International Award at VinItaly, and in 2003 Gault Millau named Klaus Keller "Winemaker of the Decade." But forget about the awards, these are simply wonderful Rieslings.
The 2008 Trocken is limpid gold in color, with notes of crystal clear peach fruit on the nose. On the palate, there's wine minerality and restrained sweetness balanced with clean acidity.
Try this wine alongside sauteed pork tenderloin with a simple cream sauce. You don't have to use a little of this wine to deglaze the pan for the sauce, but it certainly wouldn't hurt.