Berg Roseneck GG “Katerloch” 2016
This Riesling comes from on average 35 years old vines located in steep hills (between 40 and 62 degree steepness) in the Rüdesheim region. The grapes were hand-harvested on 28th October 2016 and gently pressed after an overnight mash standing. Only the free-run juice and the first pressure are used for the production of this nectar, which was a mostly fermented in old German oak barrel for almost 6 months. It is a dry Riesling (you can read trocken on the back label, but also the double digits alcoholic volume can helps to dissipate any doubt). It is classified as Grosses Gewächs (GG). Wines labelled with this trademark are generally the very best dry nectars produced in Germany. Prosit!
In the glass the wine has a lemon-gold colour with green shades. The intensity is pale.
The aromas intensity is medium is medium plus. But after a couple of swirls, you will enjoy a fresh blaze of acacia, honeysuckle, blossom, green herbs and a light chamomile. Then sharper fragrances of lemon, apple and citrus peel will tease your nostrils. But we are just at the beginning of the aromatic palette. There is also an explosion of succulent fruits, especially: fleshy nectarine, a ripe peach, melon, pineapple and mango. Delicious! Notes of flint and wet stone make everything more vibrant and never obvious. Even though, this nectar is only at the beginning of a long journey reaching this zenith in 10/15 years time according the producer, there are already the charming tertiary aromas charactering the Riesling. There is a hint of ginger, hay, honey and the inevitable petrol!
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity. It is sharp and smooth at the same time. The fruits are incredibly fresh but less ripe than at the nose. The flavour intensity is pronounced and the lasting long. The Zitrone flavour lingers for a while, before leaving the scene to the lemon and lime peel and a divine passion fruit.
This nectar is great: elegant, rich and persistent. It is perfect as aperitif, lustful with raw crustaceans.