Selectively hand-harvested from old vines, bunch-pressed and fermented. A weighty riesling with lime, mineral, apricot, tree fruit and toast flavours. 5% botrytis with sweetness (54 g/l residual sugar) supported by lovely acidity but only very subtle honey character.
Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a firm and intense nose of white florals and subtle lime and citrus fruit notes, along with distinctive saline and mineral notes. This is tightly bound and shows wet-stone minerality at the core. Medium-sweet to taste and light-bodied, the palate has a penetrating and deeply concentrated, but fine core of lime fruit, with floral and honied notes. This has clarity and precision, with the honied flavours building in richness. The mouthfeel has a sleek flow, with brisk, slippery acidity and a very fine-textured line. The wine carries to a long, lingering finish of limes, florals and honey. This is a beautifully pure and precise, medium-sweet Riesling with great clarity and a slippery flow. Serve as an aperitif, or match with mildly spicy Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6+ years. A fruit-pure Spatlese style. Selective hand-picked fruit at 21.3 Brix from the ‘Front’ block old vines with an average of 5% botrytis, WBP and cool-fermented to 8.7% alc. and 62 g/L RS. 1,540 bottles made.
A bolder, sweeter style, compared to the Classic riesling label from here. Ripe white-peach aromas lead to a palate that has lime-sorbet flavors and textures. Good depth. Drink now. Screw cap.
The medium-sweet (62 grams per liter residual sugar) 2017 Select Riesling is medium-bodied and succulent, with its sugars well balanced by crisp acids. Assertive notes of lime zest on the finish counteract the ripe peach flavors. (JC)
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