Friday, 6 September 2013

GG in all but name

This is more like it...

Weingut Emrich-Schönleber, Monzinger Halenberg Riesling trocken 2010, Nahe, Germany
Officially one notch down from the GG, but I daresay many other wineries would be proud to sell this as their top wine. Dry herbs with pronounced stony characteristics on the nose. Quite a stern personality - like a fist full of crushed, dark rock. Toffee notes also emerge.

This wine is probably only medium-bodied but it is massively structured (if that isn't a contradiction in terms; "big-boned" may be a better descriptor). Peaches along with that prickly, stone-like personality again. Ripe but pinpoint acidity. Persistent, reverberating finish. This is dry Riesling with all the trimmings minus the grand cru price tag.

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