The whiff of smoke really adds some excitement to the fine apricot and lemon aromas. Noble sleekness and delicacy on the palate, then a really long, wet-stone finish. Made for long aging. Drink or hold.
The 2017 Grosses Gewächs from the Rausch vineyard is one of the top wines in the Zillikens’ cellar this year and this is going to be a superb, long-distance runner. The wine comes in at twelve percent octane and offers up a great young nose of lemon, white flowers, gentle wild yeast tones, grapefruit, salty minerality, lime peel and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and rock solid at the core, with a fullish profile, ripe, seamless acids and outstanding focus and grip on the nascently complex and supremely elegant, long finish. A great GG in the making. (Drink between 2022-2060)
Zilliken's 2017 Saarburg Rausch Riesling "GG" has a clear, concentrated, very elegant and refreshingly mineral bouquet with crunchy slate aromas. Round and intense, with very fine tannins and lingering mineral structure, this is an impressive dry Rausch that has a lovely creamy texture from the lees. The finish is long and structured. Tasted as a samples in March 2018, shortly before bottling (which is scheduled for April). The "Alte Reben" was not produced in 2017 since the quality of the grapes was too good and the quantity too small for downgrading. (SR)
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