Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Edition 3 from 2003

Another old-school label, but different to the producer's normal design. This is a special edition.

Weingut Markus Molitor, Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese feinherb 2003, "Edition 3", Mosel, Germany
Creamy golden in appearance - matt as opposed to shimmering gloss, so to speak. Admittedly, the condensation on the glass may have accentuated this impression. Packing a punch on the nose with creamy notes married with honey, honeysuckle, mirabelle and roses. This virtually smothers any minerally slate that may be lingering in the background. The bright, hot sunshine of 2003 comes through on the palate - but I mean this in a good way. What acidity the wine has is unsurprisingly soft. The off-dry profile, meanwhile, lends succulence and tempers any alcoholic heat or bitterness. At the same time, there is a pleasing lack of flabbiness. Flavour-wise, the impression is of honey and mirabelle again, as well as roasted hints and even vanilla. There is certainly some viscosity, but nothing bordering on gloop. All things considered, this wine is still as fresh as a daisy.

Enjoyment-wise, this went exceedingly well with some poached salmon, vegetables fried in balsamico, and rice. It represents a departure from the the more acid-rich Rieslings I know and love, but I would definitely try it again.

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