The dried zest of both sweet and bitter oranges lends an almost Mediterranean aspect to the nose of this dry Riesling. The palate continues this play on this zest, pulling further registers of dried mandarin and exquisitely sharp lemon. In the background, somewhere, is a lipsmacking notion of wet stone. This is concentrated and textured, rich but sharply drawn: a perfect picture of the 2014 vintage in all its adult thrill. Drink now through 2038. (AK)
The 2014 Riesling Grand Cru Hengst is lovely concentrated but also pure and stony/flinty on the nose, with ripe and intense lemon flavors. On the palate this is a beautifully sincere 2014! It is very intense, piquant and salty, highly precise, finessed, elegant and also lush. This is another Riesling classic that reveals a lingering salinity and gorgeous finesse. Really cool climate and classic Riesling style. Highly stimulating. Picked on October 2nd. (SR)
Luminous pale straw. Floral white stone fruit and cinnamon on the nose and in the mouth. Bigger structure than the Brand but also plenty of refinement and currently more shut down (7.5 g/L total acidity and 4 g/L residual sugar, yet the malolactic transformation was completed!). Interestingly, while the Hengst is normally a showy wine, and certainly showier than the Brand, in 2015 it is more reserved and shut down than the Brand. Will likely go on sale in 2018. (ID)
Finely knit and vibrant, this sleek white layers flavors of melon, Meyer lemon zest, fresh tarragon and white pepper over a rich note of smoky minerality. Long and lithe, with a firm, focused finish. Drink now through 2024. (AN)
Limestone. Rather dumb nose. But masses of energy and interest on the palate. Salty wine builds towards the end. Appetising. 17.5/20 points. (JR)
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