This really is something special. The wine is a fusion of the slatey/minerally style of the Saar with the ebullience of Australian Riesling. A completely dry wine has both delicacy and richness. Kanta gives elegant, restrained citrus aromas with notes of lemon zest and grapefruit peel plus nuances of acacia honey, chalk and wet slate. The palate is concentrated and tight-knit, very young and steely, giving plenty of green apple and citrus flavours, refreshing acid and a long mineral finish.
The 2009 vintage received a Gold Medal at the Somelier Wine Awards in 2016 with the following comments:
"Delightful minerality and a refreshing balance made this a Gold Lister. Mahesh Nair of Charlotte Street Hotel found 'good fruitiness, elegance and subtle hints of vanilla', while Hurley House's Alex Sergeant said: 'Lovely flint on the nose, bags of mineral and tropical fruit on the palate,' and team leader Angela Reddin noted: 'Roasting lemons and seashells with lovely nectarine ripeness in the mouth. Showing signs of some maturity, and very good indeed."
Egon Müller is arguably Germany’s most highly renowned winemaker, being the fifth generation of his family to produce wines on the famed Scharzhofberg (the only “Great Growth” of the Saar Valley). Egon has teamed up with vineyard and winery owners Shaw and Smith and Adelaide winemaker Steve Pannell to produce this exemplary wine. Kanta is a Sanskrit word meaning the beloved.