94 Points - Falstaff
Our Riesling from the Heiligenstein vineyard is taut, firm and tight, yet simultaneously juicy with an impressive and complex spectrum of aromas. Ripe peach, quince, and abundant wild herbs flavour the palate. Notes of apple, green tea, and subtle smoky nuances appear on the finish. Everything is carried by a well-structured frame of smooth Riesling acid and salty minerals – all the way through the long, lingering finish.
Background: The Heiligenstein is legendary for its Rieslings – and justifiably so! Its unusual geological formation offers the best preconditions for the aristocratic white grape variety: meagre, weathered, red desert sand- stone is veined with volcanic conglomerate from the Permian period. A nature reserve and unique microclimate provide remarkable biodiversity above ground: dry mountain grasslands between the vine rows with Mediterranean flora and fauna. Grapes that have achieved perfect ripeness and are botrytis-free are selected by hand and brought to the winery in small crates. The grapes are gently pressed and macerated cold for a few hours before being fermented spontaneously and then matured on the fine lees in 2000 litre wooden casks in a 700-year-old natural underground temperature at 11°C (52°F).
Pairing: The ideal companion for the light, modern kitchen. The wide spectrum ranges from seafood and fish over white meat (chicken, veal, pork) to cream cheese.
Residual sugar: 2.3 g/l