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Professional Ratings: 91 The Wine Advocate
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume: 11.5%
Item no. 102960
Superior is a new wine from Maximin Grünhaus. Low-yielding old vines from the best parts of the Herrenberg and Abtsberg vineyards give superb quality grapes that are fermented with natural yeasts in traditional large old oak casks. The result is an off-dry wine that embodies all the characteristics of classic Maximin Grünhaus: perfectly balanced peach and apricot fruit, with delicate spicy mineral flavors and a lingering finish. They have great ageing potential.
The for all intents and purposes dry-tasting 2007 Maximin Grunhaus Riesling Herrenberg Superior exhibits a creamy texture and slightly oily feel in striking contrast with the wines that preceded it in this year’s collection. (For more about the style and name of von Schubert’s Superior – of which around 5,000 bottles are rendered per site – please consult issue 179.) But for all of the additional richness and caressing texture here, the luscious, lip-smacking primary appeal of ripe red berries (not just currant but strawberry); melon; pit fruits (not only peach but apricot); and citrus is by no means sublimated. Furthermore, this finishes with a sense of transparency to myriad subtle herbal and smoky, saline mineral nuances. I suspect it might be worth following for as long as 20 years (like off-dry Grunhaus Spatlesen of the mid-‘90s and before) and in retrospect constitute a prime exhibit in the turn around of Grunhaus after its brief qualitative slump in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s.