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2015 Von Hovel Riesling Spatlese Hutte Oberemmel MonopoleRiesling from Germany

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"The spätlese has the classic pink grapefruit Saar signature laced with savory herbs like mint, tarragon and fennel fronds. It also has a compelling umami element replete with ...

  • 93 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 93 David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
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"The 2015 Oberemmel Hütte Riesling Spätlese is clear, fresh and very fine on the well-defined and flinty nose. Clear, fresh and piquant on the palate, this is a highly delicate, light, lush and piquant Spätlese. It has a long, fresh and mineral but also aromatic, highly finessed and mouthwatering salty finish with just 7% alcohol.

Tasting the new vintage with Max von Kunow is always like opening a surprise...the Hütte Spätlese is absolutely gorgeous."

93 David Schildknecht - Vinous Media

"A gorgeous nose hints at botrytis participation in its faint whiffs of truffle and white bread allied to high-toned herbal extracts, white peach and pear. Luscious fruits and cooling herbal essences dominate the buoyant, subtly creamy yet animatingly juicy palate, leading to a finish that features supportive, impeccably balanced sweetness and terrific transparency to underlying wet stone as well as to tingling herbal and mineral nuances. “This represents exactly how I conceive of Spätlese,” reported von Kunow. I’ll second that!

“Everything clicked,” reported Max von Kunow of 2015. “We had picture-perfect, fully ripe clusters..." Some insights into the many changes in recent years at this estate, including its expansion, are offered in the introduction to my coverage of its 2014s. But a restless and ambitious young von Kunow continues to explore his options, so there are stylistic surprises year by year. His distinctively delicious approaches to Grosses Gewächs this vintage go hand in hand with continued respect for Riesling of hidden or discreet sweetness and a proselytizer’s zeal for Kabinett. Von Kunow did not bottle most of his 2015s until late spring, but then bottled the Grosse Gewächse by midsummer."

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"The spätlese has the classic pink grapefruit Saar signature laced with savory herbs like mint, tarragon and fennel fronds. It also has a compelling umami element replete with dashi and seaweed aromatics. It’s long and juicy and completely satisfying.

The vintage produced amazing wines with great aging potential. Max harvested very clean grapes over a five-week span. The wines are elegant and filigreed and they have a lot of body. This vintage will go down in history for the region because the wines are very balanced and simply outstanding!

The 21-hectare von Hövel estate operates out of a manor house that was completed in the 12th century, where it initially served as an abbey retreat for the famous wine monastery of St. Maximin in Trier. Located in Konz-Oberemmel in a side valley of the Saar, which is known as Konzer Tälchen (“little valley” of Konz), the old cellar is today as it was over 800 years ago.

Farming organically was a necessary transition for Max and he has taken it seriously. In addition to completely eliminating the use of herbicides, he propagates regional plants and herbs, prepares his own compost and spreads local straw, marc and raw fertilizer throughout his vineyards. As is the goal of most mindful growers, Max lets the grapes hang as long as possible to ensure they reach—and in some cases exceed—physiological ripeness, or as Max refers to it, “mineral ripeness”; the Saar is the coolest and most windy region in Germany and often requires a longer hang-time than in warmer regions of the world." -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 103667
Country Germany
Region Ruwer
Sub-Region Ruwer
Ratings

93 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

93 - David Schildknecht - Vinous Media

Vintage 2015
Color White
ABV 8.0%
Varietal(s) Riesling
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach