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Clemensbusch – 30/01/2012

Vom Roten Shiefer Risling 2010
Slatey mineral, very fresh zingy nose, ripe lemon smoked honey, lemon sherbet, great brightness, textural fruit, zesty lime.

Marienburg Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2008
Peach blossom apricot and honey, nice clean and fresh, great concentration of fruit, nice balance, lovely pure expression, lime and grapefruit.

Marienburg Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2010
Really lovely zingy fresh fruit, fresh citrus and green papaya, citric acid spritz, very young.

Marienburg Grosses Gewachs Rothenffad Riesling 2010
Candied aromatics, dried banana, creamy soda, coke lollies. Intense minerals, rich fruit on the mid-palate, more complex and deep.

Marienburg Grosses Gewachs Falkenlay Riesling 2010
Rounder fuller depth, bright acid freshness, nice balance, very vibrant and fresh.

Marienburg Grosses Gewachs Falkenlay Riesling 2009
Riper tropical pineapple aromas, hints of oily kerosene, fuller texture and viscosity, ripeness and sweetness, some savoury earthy smokiness.

Marienburg Erste Lage Spatlese 2010
Talcy soapy, very delicate semi-sweet, ripe citrus and stone fruit, viscosity and texture.

Auslese Riesling 2006
Oiliness starting to show on the nose, quite treacly and syrupy, nice complex savoury elements, lovely warming fruit salad & custard.

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Heymann-Lowenstein – 30/01/2012

Schifeterassen Reserve Riesling 2010
Nice floral botrytised aromas, pear peach nectarine, brisk zippy acids, nice balance, hints of minerality, good concentration, a bit of texture, great clean finish.

Von Blauern Schiefer Riesling 2010
Slightly more candied nose and citrus, grapefruit concentration, sweetness doesn’t stand out, quite sharp, immense minerality.

Kirchberg Erste Lage Reserve Riesling 2010
Different minerality, slightly deeper, lime and peach, seems more complex and floaty.

Rottgen Erste Lage Reserve Riesling 2010
Much more intense, fuller more depth, riper stone fruit, acids more tempered, longer on the palate, very aromatic floral notes.

Uhlen Erste Lage B Reserve Riesling 2010
Very serious wine, blue slate, brooding complexity, very long, builds on the palate.

Uhlen Erste Lage LaubalyReserve Riesling 2010
Sweetness more prominent, broader rounder style, textural floral minerality.

Uhlen Erste Lage Rothlay Reserve Riesling 2009
Juby candied apricot, texturally very different, acids much lower in this vintage, apricot and orange.

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Max Ferdinand Richter – 2/02/2012

The wines from the Mulheimer Sonnenlay vineyard, which is a monopol owned exclusively by the estate, are more vibrant fresh and zingy in their acidity.

The Brauneberger wines tend to be more concentrated and subtle, with distinct minerality coming from the brown slate soil.

Moving up through the quality and sweetness scale, the wines began to exhibit some elderberry and tropical fruit characteristics with nice delicate viscosity to coat the mouth.

The Veldenzer Elisenberg wines contribute a further element of spice and herbs to them.

We finished with an Eiswine from 2010 (there will be no Eiswine from the 2011 vintage as the first frosts for winter only happened this week), which was extremely concentrated and syrupy, but having great acidity carries the flavours across the palate beautifully.

Max Ferdinand Richter wines

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Schlossgut Diel – 4/02/2012

Compared to many of the rieslings I tried in the Mosel, the Nahe wines of Schlossgut Diel are brighter, zingier and slightly spritzy in nature. They don’t have the same minerality or the focus of the Mosel, but this may be a product of the vintage. There was a lovely consistent line between all the wines of grapefruit, which suggests to me the wines are made essentially the same, just the entry-level wines being blends of different vineyards.

The trocken wines were particularly good; I think I liked them better than the dry wines of the Mosel. As a member of the VDP Diel use the vineyard classification system, so tasting the Grosses Gewachs wines was an experiment in more concentrated and austere characters.

The 2010 wines had a similar nature in the Nahe as the Mosel, of higher acids and sugar so they are very crisp and citrussy in their acids.

The Goldloch Spatlese was very complex and slightly savoury, showing some interesting crushed herb elements.

We finished with a rose made from pinot noir, which was slightly spritzy and had 10g/L of residual sugar, so was very pleasant and easy to drink.

Tasting with Caroline Diel

Tasting with Caroline Diel

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Johannes Leitz – 7/02/2012

Once you get into the single vineyard wines, you start to see the quality of the vines and the subtle difference between each soil type and exposition.

Berg Roseneck Riesling 2010
A fascinating hint of beeswax on the nose, something I’ve never seen before.

Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling 2010
An interesting white meat complexity, and the Schlossberg had a white berry character.

Berg Rottland Riesling 2010
A darker almost earthy mineral texture, more concentration yet slightly harsher acids.

The wines all had a certain richness from balanced residual sugar, and great depth of flavour. Johannes Leitz is getting the most out of his vineyards, that is for sure.

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Georg Breuer – 7/02/2012

The red wines are understandably lighter and fresher than most pinot noirs, showing fresh strawberry and cranberry notes, and they reminded me of the pinot noirs I tasted in the Finger Lakes.

Tasting through the Rieslings I found they displayed great purity of fruit, balanced acids and lovely fresh dryness. It was fascinating trying each of the vineyards, as they each had their own unique qualities and characteristics.

The standout of the 2009 vintage for me was the Berg Rottland.

The Nonnenberg 2009 had good minerality, but lacked any real character and definition, not bad but not exciting.

Considering the quality of the vineyards, I think there is so much more to be got out of them.

History of labels for the top Georg Breuer wine

History of labels for the top Georg Breuer wine

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Weingut Kuenstler – 8/02/2012

Finesse Trocken Riesling 2011
Such an approachable and versatile wine with a little residual sugar to offset the acids.

Hochheim Holle Riesling 2010
Very concentrated and exuberant.

Hochheim Holle Riesling 2009
More approachable now.

Hochheim Holle Riesling 2008
Tasted younger than the 2009.

Kosteim Weiss Erd Riesling 2009
A ripe tropical pineapple element to it, richer and fuller on the palate but still fresh.

Hochheim Kirchenstuck Riesling 2009
A sherbety juby character, and was more in the peach and mango spectrum of fruit. I actually found this was the best of the three single-vineyard wines I tried.

Hochheim Holle Auslese and Beerenauslese Riesling
Both had the same faint beeswax aroma I had seen before, but were both exceptionally concentrated without being overly cloying. These are wines of distinction, but also wines that require time in the bottle.

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Schloss Johannisberg – 8/02/2012

Rotlack Kabinett trocken and Feinherb)
More ripe tropical characters, and also a slight sweet herb note.

Silverlack Trocken Riesling 2009
Much richer and fuller, with a slight sweet corn and hot butter complexity.

Grunlack Spatlese Riesling 2010
Lovely rich ripe peach and apricot fruit notes, whilst retaining the freshness of acidity.

Goldlack Trockenbeerenauslese 2010
Sweet artichoke and olive oil viscosity and texture, lovely raisined richness and superb length.

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Balthasar Ress – 9/02/2012

Von Unserm Trocken Riesling 2010
Very sharp and lean on the palate, fresh and vibrant, but a little aromatically shy.

Hattenheimer Feinherb Riesling 2010
Lovely and approachable, exactly what you want out of this kind of wine, as it is malleable with food.

Hattenheim Engelmannsberg Riesling 2010
A much more textural and rich wine, and exhibited some nice wild honey characters on the back palate.

The wines in general were all very good examples of the variety and region, but for my under-developed but unbiased palate, seemed a little on the simple side, lacking distinct character or austerity. It will be interesting to see how the wine style evolves over the coming years, as there are apparently some big things happening in the winery currently.

Balthasar Ress wines

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Robert Weil – 9/02/2012

Riesling Trocken 2011 and 2010 vintages
Through the process of blending and balance, these wines were almost indistinguishable. The size of the estate holdings and the volume produced (roughly 300,000 bottles) means that there is a higher possibility to maintain consistency in this wine from vintage to vintage.

Kiedricher Village Riesling 2010
Very spritzy vibrant fruit freshness, and had a little botrytis derived oxidative complexity.

Kiedrich Klosterberg Riesling 2010
Quite rich and tropical, showing more ripe characters without losing the balance.

Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling 2010
A slightly reductive mineralic nose, more vibrancy and defined acidity.

Grafenburg Erstes Gewachs Riesling 2010
Far too young to fairly assess it, as it was very tight and lean, but will develop beautifully over the next 10-15 years.

Kabinett Riesling, Grafenburg Spatlese and Auslese, all 2010
The acids in all cases were very well integrated and fresh, but there was a lot of concentrated ripe sweetness in the Spatlese and Auslese.

Robert Weil wines

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