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
Once one knows Hanno Zilliken’s unique approach to numbering his wines, one will recognize that – by no means for the first time – his auction Spätlese originated with higher-Oechsle and generally more concentrated fruit than that which informed the lightest Auslese (this year, the A.P. #5). There is density and blazing brightness here, nearly equal to that of the aforementioned Auslese, but there’s also a slightly more playful and nuanced complexity. Yellow plum, white peach, grapefruit and lime are tinged with mint and smoky black tea on the nose and firm palate, and stony and mouthwateringly saline notes add impressively and appealingly to a vibrantly sustained finish.
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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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