Tuesday, October 20, 2009

DOH - 1982 Rheingau

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1982 Balthasar Ress Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg, Riesling Kabinett

I married this wine with our prawns and clam capellini. The oldest riesling I've tasted, which is such a treat. Been sitting on this wine for so long, and this dinner was the perfect occasion to have a taste.

Look at the colour - so beautiful. So beautiful. Deep gold, with a luminosity that's still so vibrant and alive for a 27 year old wine. A wine that was older than all of us sitting around the table. The viscosity was apparent out of the bottle. And the nose - glorious. Honey and baked apples, with a muskiness, oil and minerality that only age can bring. Wonderful. My goodness. Profound and heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

The wine paired beautifully with the food. There's a subtlety in the mouth, with good fruit and viscosity. Just a kiss of sweetness left, but impeccably balanced. Soft acidity, but with a minerality on the finish that's clean and whispers into your mouth of the Rheingau and of the truth.

DF

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