Riesling Grand Cru Searing 2017
This nectar is a 100% Riesling from vineyards located at 260-300m asl with east and southeast aspect close to the town of Guebwiller. The grapes are handpicked and whole bunches are pressed. There is static settling of the lees. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled tuns, followed by rising on the lees. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled tuns, followed by rising on the less for 8 months. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a gold colour. The intensity is a medium.
Such a surprise! The nose remembers more the German Riesling than the Alsatian ones. The aromas intensity is pronounced. It is a cornucopia of floral fragrances of honeysuckle, acacia, blossom, the chamomile and a light jasmine, with also some grassy hints remembering the wild rocket and the nettle. The fruit is very generous: peach, nectarine, melon, pineapple and lemon peel. The flint and wet stone notes helps to make the aromatic palette quite refreshing with a touch of minerality. As secondary aromas I can smell a feeble brioche, and as tertiaries just hay and a tough of nutty. The classical hint of petrol is absent.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. The alcohol is high (i.e. 14%). The flavour intensity is medium plus, with still beautiful floral and fruity perfumes. But on the palate the minerality goes on the main stage, with sharp notes of citrus to make the wine even more vibrant. Tha lasting is medium plus.
This nectar makes me dream at the first sniff. So much flowers so much fruits in just one glass. Unfortunately the first sip (and even more so the following ones) brings me to the earth. Don’t get me wrong, it is a really nice and elegant wine, but it does not indulge our tasting buds as it does with our nostrils. It is ready to be drunk now, but is has potential for aging. The tertiary aromas have a still a long journey in front of them.
Final vote: 92
Price: £25.99 at Whole Foods