Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese, J&B Bottling

Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese, J&B Bottling,



Zilliken, Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese, J&B Bottling, 2021

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Zilliken, Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese, J&B Bottling, 2021

Verily an auction Spatlese for all intents and purposes, the Rausch AP #4 is a big step up on the regular #5, being a more serious selection of ripened berries with some healthy botrytis making its way in to the blend. Just one barrel was made and offered exclusively to J&B. A silky, smooth and refined Spatlese offering a heightened sense of delineation, with crushed rocks, herbs, smoke and plusher stone fruits. Sculpted in shape with a long yet weightless intensity. Absolutely superb.



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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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