Sunday, September 13, 2009

2003 Rheingau

2003 Schloss Reinhartshausen

2003 Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Spätlese Trocken, QmP Rheingau

Another riesling on an otherwise uneventful day. Different style this time - high level of ripeness, but made dry. Should be interesting, as I've tasted the 1987 Kabinett from this producer, on two occasions.

As shown, it's a light straw yellow. Nose offers quite a bit of spiciness, some tropical fruits, apple. At this point, showing some petrol, but not a lot of terroir character. In the mouth, a silky texture, with a creaminess and buttery character. Lean on the finish, with high acidity. Slightly bitter lemon zest on the finish.

The more this wine breathed, the more it reminded me of chardonnay. Burgundy, in a way. There's purity of fruit, but also this butteriness on the palate, and a slightly bitter finish that speaks to me of Old World chardonnay, rather than a dry riesling. This is in stark contrast to Alsatian riesling, which in my opinion, shows a bit more fruit and a more linear feel on the palate. Interesting.

It should be noted that this producer now bottles under Stelvin closure. There's no doubt that these wines remain fresher, for longer, but there was some odour of reduction when I first poured. It'll be interesting to see how these wines age. I have a few cases of Niagara riesling put away, all under screwcap. Check back in 7-10.

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