Rieslings to be Cheerful

£165.00

Wines included in the ‘Rieslings to be Cheerful case of 6 mixed riesling wines:

1 x Clare Valley Riesling: Pikes Hills & Valleys Riesling
1 x Dhroner Valley Mosel Riesling: Dhroner Trocken
1 x Mosel Riesling: Dr Loosen Wehelener Sonnehur Kabinett
1 x Rheinhessen Riesling: Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Spatlese
1 x Rheingau Riesling: Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg Spatlese
1 x Mosel Riesling: Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese

Description

“Speaking of his famous quip about wine as ‘sunlight held together by water’ – surely Galileo was referring to Riesling?”

A unique case of 6 sensational wines that will dance on your palate and give you ample opportunity to test Galileo’s theory. From trocken, through kabinett, spatlese and auslese – a true journey of discovery awaits in this veritable Riesling treasure trove.

Pikes Hills & Valleys Riesling

Grape variety: Riesling
Country of origin: Australia
Region: Clare Valley
Vintage: 2019
ABV: 9.5%
One of Australia’s oldest family wineries the Pikes Hills & Valleys Riesling would be the the perfect quaffer for a summer game of boules. Floral with ripe citrus, stone fruit and kabinett like sweetness that will perfectly compliment Chinese and Thai cuisine.

Dhroner Trocken

Grape variety: Riesling
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Dhroner valley Mosel
Vintage: 2014
ABV: 11%
The historic southwest facing slope of Hofberg was rated as ‘great’ in Clottens 1868 vineyard map and the wines from Dhron Hofberg were famous in the 1950’s and 60’s, gracing the tables of many of the regions finest restaurants in the succeeding decades. By the early 1990s the vineyard was almost entirely abandoned when the young Andreas Adam took over just 1 hectare previously farmed by his grandfather to make his first official vintage in 2000. From old vines planted in 1930 grown on the iron rich grey slate, the winemaking follows Andreas’ and his sister Barbara’s tenets of totally natural vinification and use of ambient yeasts followed by ageing entirely in old 1000 litre fuder. This majestic assertive and mineral–driven Riesling is in every way a vindication of Andreas’ work & mission to save the family vineyard from extinction and return the Dhroner Hofberg to its former status as one of the great Grand Crus of the Mosel.
Bravo…Andreas and Barbara!

Dr Loosen Wehelener Sonnehur Kabinett

Grape variety: Riesling
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Mosel
Vintage: 2011
ABV: 7.5%
“A great wine begins in your head”, this is a great quote from the indefatigable globe trotting, thirsty ‘Master of Riesling’, Ernst Loosen. A great wine of course also begins in the vineyard, in this case the precipitously steep rocky blue slate slope of Wehlen which produces wines of incredible purity, minerality and balance, perfectly exemplified in this charming aristocratic wine.

Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Spatlese

Grape variety: Riesling
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Rheinhessen
Vintage: 2002
ABV: 9%
One of the icon vineyards of the Rheinhessen, the Nackenheimer Rothenberg translates as ‘red mountain’. This is very much a family affair and the Gunderlochs own nearly all of this Grand Cru site which overlooks the mighty Rhine. Hard to believe this fabulously complex and opulent wine weighs in at just 9% alcohol for it has a weight and intensity you might find in an Alsatian Riesling of similar stature.

Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Schlossberg Spatlese

Grape variety: Riesling
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Rheingau
Vintage: 2002
ABV: 9%
In 2003 Jancis Robinson, a true Riesling fanatic if ever there was one, described the young Johannes Leitz as one of the absolute superstars of German wine. I too was impressed with his philosophical and timeless approach to wine, the universe and everything. I subsequently bought rather a lot of this fine classic Rheingau, never thinking for one moment that I would still be selling it 18 years later! It was Jancis’ wine of the week back then, make it your wine of the moment now. I am sure you will love drinking this.

Dr Loosen Erdener Treppchen Auslese

Grape variety: Riesling
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Mosel
Vintage: 2002
ABV: 7.5%
Ernie’s back this time with a thrilling Auslese that after the requisite 2 decades in bottle is only just getting into its stride, no problem to keep this for another couple of decades if you want to, or drink now . .. It rocks! In this case volcanic Erden red slate rock. Surely the best value of all the great age worthy white wines produced anywhere on planet Riesling, if I had to find a word to describe it, it would or could be ‘mineralogy’ if indeed that is a word?

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