It was an extraordinary year for this style of wine. Only two selective picking passes were made and subsequently blended with a small portion of early picked Riesling to produce this wine. The combination of the clean and early pick with late and severely Botrytis affected fruit, resulted in a polarising wine of orientation versus distortion.
At such an early stage, it can be difficult to pinpoint exact fruit descriptors. Thanks to the high percentage of Botrytis infection and shrivel at picking, the wine shows an astonishing degree of complexity. Clover honey, ripe stone fruits and preserved apricots are the advanced fruit characters. The mineral edge is accentuated by orange peel, lemon rind and grapefruit pith.
There is no mistaking about the residual sugar: 95 gr/l, which gives it a rich and welcoming start. But soon the wine regains a clear direction and focus from the zesty acidity. A full middle palate, presumably from the highly matured fruit at harvest, enters the clash to stretch out the linear direction and alter the course. The palate resembles the aromatics described above with added Granny Smith apple and orange flesh. A beautiful wine now, however, the real interest of this wine is expected to arise over time as the wine unfolds over the next five to ten years.
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