Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Restorative Riesling

The following wine was enjoyed a few weeks ago. It speaks of its origins and vintage straightforwardly yet eloquently, I think.

Weingut Knipser, Laumersheimer Kapellenberg Riesling Kabinett trocken 2010, Pfalz, Germany
By Kabinett trocken standards, this Riesling's appearance is unusually bright laser yellow on steroids. By Pfalz standards, not so unusual. Beautiful distinct lime notes on the nose as well as a certain tinge of sweetness expressed as ginger, spice (and all things nice). Earthy with grapefruit and star fruit eventually emerging.

Electrifying acid on the palate; this is the vintage coming into its own now. Not in any way sharp, but coming through in refreshing waves. Grapefruit and lime again, as well as a little salinity. Dry with a fairly persistent finish. Enjoyably zingy but with ample ripeness even for a relatively sane 11.5% abv.

All in all, a Riesling with great restorative powers.

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