Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese

    Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese,



    Zilliken, Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese, 1999

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Zilliken, Saarburger Rausch, Riesling, Spätlese, 1999

    Plenty of smoky Saar character on the nose, apricots, peach, a touch of mint on the palate, this hasn’t developed a huge amount of creaminess yet, is moreover a wine of lip-smackingly satisfying up front fruit. Succulent Spatlese, ready to drink now.

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    David Schildknecht, Vinous
    This auctioned bottling features very ripe peach, mango and Persian melon accented by prickly spiciness of botrytis. A faintly oily, glycerol-rich palate assuages any sharper expressions of noble rot, but the wine finishes with unanticipated verve, penetration and focus, not to mention formidable sheer persistence. Despite its ripeness and tropicality, it boasts even higher acidity than its A.P. #4 sibling; and that reveals itself in the present wine’s sense of animation as well as its uncanny ability to cancel-out the sweetening effect of high residual sugar.
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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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