Yesterday we had a small tasting of German Riesling. We knew what wines were served but not the order. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the 2006s were showing as that has not been a year I have generally enjoyed.Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling Spätlese 2004
- Rheingau; 8% abv
Not the best showing of this wine. Quite confected sweetness and lacking the raciness of another recent bottle. Not bad, though, just different.Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 2006
- Mosel; 8,5% abv
A really harmonious, gorgeously open scent, a bit of botrytis perhaps, but still smells clean. Rich, but with good acidity and the richness and raciness are showing harmoniously for a change (I found them quite unfocused earlier on). Very nice!Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2006
- Mosel; 8,5% abv
Quite mute at first. It seemed much like the previous wine but a bit heavier, not so elegant. But the somewhat disjointed character I found in this earlier on had corrected itself and now it was a nice young wine, though obviously in need of age. It seems I had misjudged the 2006s previously.Schaefer-Fröhlich Monzinger Helenberg Riesling Spätlese 2007
- Nahe, 7,5% abv
Much sulphur on the nose. Quite soft and sweet. This wasn't showing too well last night, but I'm sure that must mostly be because of its youth?Dönnhof Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese 2006
- Nahe; 8,5% abv
Just gorgeous. Ripe but not too tropical in its aromas, quite a steely style when compared to the others here (and here I always thought that Dönnhof wasn't ever a particularly steely style of wine!). Good acid; seems drier than most others on show, rich but refreshing; very moreish. Lovely.Schaefer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese Gold Kapsel 2007
- Nahe; 7,5% abv
Clean, crisp, floral, very ripe but well enough structured to be perfectly enjoyable.Fr. Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2010
- Mosel, 7,5% abv
So primary that it showed very awkwardly even though the other wines certainly weren't old! Completely in pieces. Hold.
While cleaning up, our host opened up a Glaetzer Amon-Ra 2010
from Barossa. It's a supermassive black wine so heavy that it has a gravitational pull equivalent to a supermassive black hole. It's not a wine that man swallows; it's a wine that swallows man. Run away if you think you can escape the event horizon. Primary. Hold. For astronomically long periods of time.
I don't drink wine because of religious reasons ... only for other reasons.
No longer ITB.