Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Kabinett

    Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Kabinett,



    Zilliken, Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Kabinett, 2009

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Zilliken, Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Kabinett, 2009

    Cool slate notes, apricot, peach and white nectarine, a charming and very silky Saar Kabinett that sings with minerals, cool juicy droplets of fruit and the typical red slate character of the Rausch vineyard shining through. 60g/l of residual sugar.

    Anne Krebiehl, Vinous
    The 2021 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Kabinett was harvested in several parcels across the mid-slope of the Rausch vineyard, mostly from younger vines, which here means 20 years old. The nose needs much swirling and comes almost with a touch of orange zest, tart, aromatic, and alluring. The palate is wonderfully juicy, sunny, ripe yet so utterly fresh, so light, so joyful. It is the acidity here that makes this wine, lending its verve and brightness, subsuming everything into its totally citric focus that lasts and lasts. Analytics are 59g/L of residual sweetness and 9g/L of acidity. (Sweet)
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    Drinking Window:
    2023 - 2040


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    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.


    The life of a Saar Riesling grower is not an easy one. Possibly one of the coldest and most marginal corners of Germany, the Saar can produce some of the world’s great white wine in hot sunny years such as 1990. However, these are usually outnumbered by cold wet years resulting in over astringent and unripe wines. There are a small band of growers though who have a distinct advantage over the rest in the land that they own. A handful of Saar vineyards are steep enough and exposed enough to ensure a decent level of grape ripening even in poor years. Hanno Zilliken is fortunate enough to have sizeable holdings in Saarburg’s great vineyard, the steep south-facing Rausch. He exploits these slate based vines to the maximum through careful pruning and hand selection. When the wine is pressed, it gently descends by gravity into the oak casks lying in Hanno’s dark damp cellars. The wines are prime examples of Saar Riesling, being mouthwateringly taut, mineral and sophisticated.

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