2018 Stefan Winter Riesling TrockenRiesling from Germany
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Stefan, who looks maybe just old enough to be served alcohol in this country, runs the cellar and the vineyards. In spite of the feeling that everything is fresh and new, the e...
- 90 David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
90 David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
"Fresh lime, apple and green herbs on the nose anticipate the juicy, cooling impression conveyed on a polished, glossy, yet surprisingly buoyant palate. Nippy, pungent and piquant notes of lime zest, mustard seed, marjoram, and apple seed lend invigoration to a refreshingly lingering, bell-clear finish. What a statement from a “mere” generic bottling! And I suspect this has the stamina to impress for a number of years, even though few if any oenophiles are likely to cellar a generic. Winter noted that since the Dittelsheim Riesling trocken, which represents the next step up on his price list, officially has VDP classification as being wine “Aus Ersten Lagen” (see explanation in my introduction to this Rheinhessen report), he waited until June 2019 to bottle this generic cuvée, and incorporated into it fruit that would formerly have made his cut for the Dittelsheimer."
Stefan, who looks maybe just old enough to be served alcohol in this country, runs the cellar and the vineyards. In spite of the feeling that everything is fresh and new, the estate actually goes back to the 15th Century and there is a record of Riesling and Silvaner being planted there in 1600. But the big news is what Stefan and his father have done in the last few years to raise the reputation of the winery to one of the finest in the Rheinhessen if not in Germany. The estate is fairly large, about 20 hectares. 60% is planted in Riesling; the rest is divided between Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Silvaner. There are two great vineyards, which are Grosses Gewächs: the Leckerberg and the Geyersberg. Both make classic, powerful and profound dry wines from Riesling. Soil is a mixture of decomposed limestone, clay, loess and marl.
All estate grapes are picked by hand. Riesling is fermented entirely in stainless steel, whereas the pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) is in 500 liter neutral barrels. Stefan says he wants his wines to be sleek; consequently, there is no malolactic fermentation. Alcohol levels are kept relatively low.
90 - David Schildknecht - Vinous Media
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|