Friday, April 24, 2009

1987 Rheingau

1987 Schloss Reinhartshausen

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.

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