Monzinger Halenberg, Riesling, Auslese
Emrich Schönleber

Monzinger Halenberg, Riesling, Auslese,

Destination

vintage

Emrich Schönleber, Monzinger Halenberg, Riesling, Auslese, 2015

Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
Emrich Schönleber, Monzinger Halenberg, Riesling, Auslese, 2015

Sporting almost 50% botrytised, shrivelled grapes but none as dry as raisins, this has a beautiful exotic fruit cocktail nose that soars from the glass, tangerine, guava, orange and peach. Texturally lithe and lissom as it snakes its way across the palate, fluide and seamless. Frank told us this was picked at the same time as the TBA, which indicates the ripeness of fruit that made it into the blend. 18 people harvesting for two days and a mere 600 Litres of Auslese were produced! A stunner.

Maturity:
Keep/Drink
ABV:
15%
94/100
David Schildknecht, Vinous
It would have been a waste, opined Schönleber, not to have done something with the impeccably clean but overripe and lightly desiccated grapes that informed this Auslese, and which would have added too much potential alcohol to the Grosses Gewächs. But there wasn’t much more juice in them than in those that had been set aside for BA and TBA – too little, in fact, for a proper day’s pressing – so subsequent incoming bunches that harbored a higher percentage of juicy grapes were added in. Peach, pear, orange and pineapple combine for an intense fresh-fruit concentrate at once luscious and tangy. The underlying feel is seductively silken, but orange zest and cinnamon lend invigorating sizzle. Mouthwatering salinity adds to the delights of a vibrant, ringingly clear finish.
Date Reviewed:
06/2020

specifications

country:
Germany
region:
Nahe
Appellation:
style:
Grape Variety:
Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
Emrich Schönleber

Emrich Schönleber

A great Nahe estate that was started by Werner Schönleber in the 1960s with just two hectares. Today the estate comprises 14 hectares, mainly Riesling, on the slate and quartzite soils of the Halenberg and Frühlingsplatzchen vineyards. Intense vineyard work and spontaneous fermentation in old oak casks together with ageing in steel vat conspire to produce intense, long lived Nahe Riesling that combines floral, charming qualitites with intense minerality. For the last five years, this estate has been perfoming to is maximum, rivalling Germany’s very greatest producers.

discover Emrich Schönleber