Saar: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese 2004
From the Scharzhofberg vineyard, one of best and most historic vineyards in the cool-climate of the Saar valley, this Spätlese Riesling is known for its subtlety and delicacy. Grapes ripen slowly given the microclimate and are usually picked as late as November. This gives the wine elegance and finesse, and often a touch of Noble Rot adds another dimension. Deep ripe citrus is set against intense minerality, tertiary hay and kerosene flavours with exquisite acidity and great length.
A deep golden ‘robe’ belies the intense spicy gooseberry, elderflower and pear aromas surrounded by stony minerality. On the palate, intense citrus fruit and a touch of botrytis is balanced with refreshing acidity and lovely length.
From family-owned vineyards in the the vertiginously-steep slopes of the Mosel valley (formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer), Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is internationally acclaimed for the production of Riesling. Slate-based soils dominate in the middle Mosel, a region which includes the Saar and Ruwer tributaries. Hugh Johnson has classified this vineyard as the 'Grand Cru' Saar vineyard.
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt is one of the largest plotholders in the Scharzhofberg with around 7ha of ungrafted Riesling vines. The south slope (with an incline of 35-60 degrees) is made up of clay-loam with up to 70% slate content creating wines with great minerality. With age, their ripe, bright fruit comes to the fore alongside classic aged Riesling notes of dried hay and a touch of ‘kerosene’.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Riesling|
|Food & Wine Matching||Cheese, Dessert|
|Cellarage||Drink 2005 - 2025.|
|Vinification||Ungrafted vines are hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. It spends several months on the lees to further intensify the flavour and texture before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||11.5|
Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
A 650 year-old, family-run estate based in Trier in the Mosel, with prime vine-holdings in the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer valleys. The estate farms 46 hectares in total, 12 hectares of which are scattered among the extraordinary but challenging slopes of the Mosel.
Skillfully managed from 1983 until her sad passing in 2016 by the quality-focused owner Annegret Reh-Gartner (herself married to a two-star Michelin chef, Gerhard Gartner), this is one of the leading wineries in Germany and accordingly it is a member of the prestigious VDP association.
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