Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Continued adventures in Weißburgunder

I've been tripping a lot on Weißburgunder recently and this, the "lesser" of four different 2009 Weißburgunders ordered directly from Schneider Estate in Endingen, was no exception.

According to the Schneider family, the 2009 vintage was a great year for Pinot Blanc at their small winery situated on the northern tip of the Kaiserstuhl region. So much so that they were also able to bottle this specimen, a notch below their "***"-designated premium range but already drinking superbly.

Weingut Reinhold & Cornelia Schneider, Weißer Burgunder Spätlese trocken 2009, Baden
What a beautiful label.

The nose opens up fairly quickly, toeing the line between dried apricot and Toffifee caramel cups. Fresh peach melba, exotic melon and minerals follow. Later, some herbal notes emerge. Medium-bodied and quite viscous on the palate, showing fresh apricots, spice and caramelised notes. The mouthfeel is quite electrifying and multi-layered. A substantial wine, but flavoursome in a light, lithe style - and with a tingling, lingering, satisfying finish.

For EUR 10, this is - dare I say it - a absolute steal. Did that all sound a bit gushing? Maybe, although my one minor quibble would be with regard to the caramelised notes, which, if I were honest, this wine could happily do without. But this is just my personal impression.

Serve this wine to any of my family and friends in the UK, and they would be blown away - of that I'm sure.

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