2016

Weingut Würtzberg Riesling ‘Alte Reben’

Hand-picked from a very small parcel at the foot of the estate’s wholly-owned Serriger Würtzberg. These vines do not have grafted root stock, which is a rarity these days post phylloxera, and is something found in only a handful of vineyards in the Saar and Mosel valleys. Planted in 1944, each vine grows on its own stake with two canes bent into a heart shape and are the oldest vines at the winery.

The grapes were harvested when perfectly ripe and therefore have exceptional aromatic fruitiness, with grapefruit and gooseberry on the nose, whilst on the palate there’s an explosion of a basket of exotic fruits such as mango, litchi, cantaloupe and honeydew melon.

This is a powerful, fruity Riesling with a sweet touch.

“Lovely fruits and herbs on the nose. The palate is great vibrancy, urgency and mineral freshness.” (James Suckling; 90 points)

Classification Lagenwein (Serriger Würtzberg)
Taste Semi-Sweet
Grape Variety Riesling
Yield 45 hl/ha
Exposure Riverside, south-facing steep slop
Soil Red slate
Vinification Spontaneous ferementation in stainless steel and large wooden barrels
Alcohol 12.0%
Residual Sugar 26.2 %
Total Acidity 8.1 g/l
Recommended Drinking Temperature 8-10 °C (46-50 °F)
Optimum Drinking 2018-2028

The unique ‘Alte Reben’ is a perfect fit with spicy foods such as Indian or Thai curries as the residual sugar in the wine balances and counters the heat in theses sort of dishes.

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