Thursday 4 July 2019

Three German Rieslings From 1997

These three bottles were opened as starters for a 1998 Syrah/Shiraz dinner the other day.

1997 Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Riesling Spätlese Trocken, Reichrat von Bühl
Dried apricots, hay and dry honey melon makes up the nose of this mature Pfalz wine. I remember it as more spirited a couple of years ago.
The taste is dry with a hig acidity and notes of dried up orange ice cream, dried apricots and chrushed rocks. Good.
85p   (tasted 2019/06)

1997 Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg, Georg Breuer
A fine, delicate nose with notes of rain wet asphalt, dried herbs, candied lemon peel and a salty aroma. Very fine.
The taste is cool and dry with notes of dried sage, lemon peel, wet rocks and a hint of petrol. A long, fine finish. Fully mature and drinking perfectly now.
90p   (tasted 2019/06)

1997 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Dr. Loosen
This has a more marked sweetness on the nose, even though the maturity has made the sweetness more "dry". Fine notes of dried up lavender honey, apricots, Lambic ale and a hint of a rubber carpet. A fine complexity.
The taste is dry with a hit of sweetness in the niddle taste, with notes of lemon cream, dried pine apple, hay and slate. A medium long, fine finish.
88p   (tasted 2019/06)

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