1987 Schloss Reinhartshausen, Riesling Kabinett, Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen, QmP Rheingau.
Stunned to see an 80's wine being offered by LCBO. Riesling is my wine of the season - I'm drinking a lot of riesling, and I don't think I feel like trying anything else.
You never know what to expect out of a white wine with more than 20 years of age on it. But then, wine needs to be exciting, no? Always a question of, is this wine still drinkable?
Cork looked fine - a little black and moldy, but came out easily. Beautifully deep golden colour, and clearing slightly at the rim. The bouquet on this wine is explosive - intense green apple, developing into slate, oily honey, and stewed pears. Quite a rich palate, with lots of apple and pear character, on a long, minerally finish. Acidity is quite significant though - puckerish.
An interesting wine, lots of character, but thinning out. These kabinetts seem to begin losing weight after 10 years. Not quite enough body to balance out the acidity.
I shouldn't be complaining though. I'll take a 20 year old riesling, anytime.