Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Intense German rieslings

I want to talk about 2 German rieslings that I had over the weekend that left such an impression on me.

I've always loved German wines, rieslings, as well as Austrian wines, gruner veltliner. It's the balance, the acidity, the complexity, and the minerality that just makes them so unique. Been looking forward to get into some of these wines in depth, so very excited to taste these two wines.

The first was a 2006 Furst Lowenstein, Hallgarten Schonhell, QmP Riesling Kabinett, from the Rheingau. Young wine.

Light colour, but intense nose. Citrus and honey. Wonderful acidity and backbone, tempered by the slightest amount of residual sugar. Perfect balance. Tastes a bit tart and tough compared to the 2002 we had later, but definitely will age very well. Long, mineral laced finish. Wow.

The second wine was a 2002 Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken, Ockfener Bockstein, QmP Riesling Kabinett, from the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. I don't have a lot of experience with older white wines, so this was exciting. But then again, 2002 is hardly an 'older' vintage.

Deeper colour. What an intense nose! Lots of yeasty aromas, mineral, tropical fruits. A wild, wild wine. So big on the palate, creamy and filling, with the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness. And by the way, for a Kabinett, this was much sweeter than I expected. But a gloriously long, minerally/citrus finish. An exceptional wine, very unique, very interesting.


Looking forward to trying more of these wines. As I've said before, I really believe in Niagara rieslings, so definitely want to experience more of their Old-World influences. Also want to begin buying some of these German rieslings to put away, as clearly, they can age so well.

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