Maximin Grunhaus Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2018
Herrenberg is comprised primarily of red slate soil. This exquisite Kabinett exudes aromas of fresh strawberries, blood orange, stone fruits and a smoky nuance from the slate. Only 8% alcohol. Slightly sweet in the classic Kabinett style, the flavors focus on golden delicious apple, yellow peaches and wet stone. Great acidity.
Pair this with smoked salmon, smoked trout, schnitzel or a garlic roast chicken. Medium cheeses, too.
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Very attractive aromas of limes, fresh wild herbs and slate. All nicely played, very fresh and fragrant. The palate has a very smooth delivery of fine, sweet limes and honey and white peaches to close. Neatly balanced.
From predominantly raisined rather than botrytized grapes, the 2018 Maximin Grünhaus Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett is lush, salty-piquant, quite generous and sweet yet also pure and enormously fresh and salty. Bottled with 8.8 grams per liter of acidity and concentrated fruit, this is terribly young but very promising. Tasted in June 2019. Rating: 92+
Herrenberg’s old vines produced a glossy, structured Kabinett in 2018. It’s clean, clear and firm, with a youthful, lemony tartness to contrast its broad, smooth texture. Give it time in the cellar to knit before pouring with arctic char or other rich fish.
First documented in 966 A.D. the von Schubert estate is not only one of the oldest but also one of the best. They are sole owners (Monopole) of the 3 vineyards (Abtsberg, Bruderberg and Herrenberg) that the estates wines are coming from. Since 1982, Dr. Carl von Schubert manages the estate according to the motto: "As much handling as necessary, but as little as possible", putting him and his wines worldwide in the top class.
Following the Mosel River as it slithers and weaves dramatically through the Eifel Mountains in Germany’s far west, the Mosel wine region is considered by many as the source of the world’s finest and longest-lived Rieslings.
Mosel’s unique and unsurpassed combination of geography, geology and climate all combine together to make this true. Many of the Mosel’s best vineyard sites are on the steep south or southwest facing slopes, where vines receive up to ten times more sunlight, a very desirable condition in this cold climate region. Given how many twists and turns the Mosel River makes, it is not had to find a vineyard with this exposure. In fact, the Mosel’s breathtakingly steep slopes of rocky, slate-based soils straddle the riverbanks along its entire length. These rocky slate soils, as well as the river, retain and reflect heat back to the vineyards, a phenomenon that aids in the complete ripening of its grapes.
Riesling is by far the most important and prestigious grape of the Mosel, grown on approximately 60% of the region’s vineyard land—typically on the desirable sites that provide the best combination of sunlight, soil type and altitude. The best Mosel Rieslings—dry or sweet—express marked acidity, low alcohol, great purity and intensity with aromas and flavors of wet slate, citrus and stone fruit. With age, the wine’s color will become more golden and pleasing aromas of honey, dried apricot and sometimes petrol develop.
Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, this versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Somm Secret—Given how difficult it is to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling from the label, here are some clues to find the dry ones. First, look for the world “trocken.” (“Halbtrocken” or “feinherb” mean off-dry.) Also a higher abv usually indicates a drier Riesling.