Scharzhofberger, Riesling, Spätlese, 2001

  Egon Müller

Scharzhofberger, Riesling, Spätlese

Contains Sulphites.

About Egon Müller

The Scharzhofberger is certainly a German ‘Grand Cru’ and probably a fi rst growth at that. Its greatest manipulant is Egon Müller who resides in Scharzhof, the Manor House at the foot of the Scharzhofberg. Unquestionably, his wines are age-worthy, balanced and very moreish showing off their combination of smoke, slate and citrus flavours evenly interspersed with luscious droplets of honey. Egon also runs Le Gallais Estate comprising the fi rst class Braune Kupp vineyard north of Wiltingen. Egon’s wines are classically made, benchmark examples of Saar Riesling and are probably some of the world’s fi nest, long lived and aristocratic wines.

Appellation: Saar

Nearly all the quality vineyards of the Saar face south, in an effort to counter the cold weather by harvesting as much sun as possible to achieve ripeness. These are perhaps the steeliest of all the wines found in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, but this combination with the marked acidity means that when on song, the balance between acidity and late harvest honeyed ripeness found here can be unbeatable.

Grape Type: Riesling

One of the world’s noblest grape varieties, Riesling produces scented, refreshing, mineral wines from dry to lusciously sweet. Its bad reputation, tarnished by the cloying and completely unrelated Liebfraumilch, is one of the wine world’s great injustices. Its heartland is the steep Mosel and Rheingau valleys of Germany, where it produces floral spritzy off-dry to medium wines packed with lime and apple fruit or, when affected by botrytis, honeyed apricot characteristics. In Alsace, Austria’s Wachau and Germany’s Franken there are some exhilarating, complex dry versions that work very well with Oriental fusion foods, as well as some stunning sweet versions. Some superb lively fruit-forward styles are cropping up in New Zealand, Constantia in South Africa and the cooler parts of Australia and California.