The Herrenberg Riesling ‘Blauschiefer’ is the counterpart of the Würtzberg Riesling ‘Rotschiefer’ where the importance of terroir is manifest. In spite of the fact that the vineyards are direct neighbours on the steep slopes of the Saar valley, the blue slate of the Herrenberg produces very different wines to those of the ‘Würtzberg’ with its red slate. Tasted side-by-side, there are few better examples to explain the impact of a vineyard’s soil on the taste of a wine.
Fermented spontaneously in stainless steel tanks from grapes only from the estate’s wholly owned Serriger Herrenberg vineyard, these grapes were harvested at perfect ripeness and so had developed considerable aromatic fruitiness, with grapefruit, lemon and nectarine notes on the nose, and a nice dry minerality and herbiness on the palate.
“The talc and nectarine notes on the nose are immediately attractive, then on the palate this turns out to be quite dry with plenty of herbal freshness at the finish”. (James Suckling; 90 points)