Eitelsbacher Schieferkristall, Riesling, Kabinett, Feinherb, 2010


Eitelsbacher Schieferkristall, Riesling, Kabinett, Feinherb

This is a Feinherb style wine, that is to say a halfway house between trocken and "fruity" kabinett, with 22g/l of residual sugar, from slate based vineyards on the Karthauserhof estate. This is excellent, racy clear and very focused, the archetypal Christoph Tyrell style of wine, it has tension and the finish is drier than you would expect from 22 g/l of sugar yet this is not mean either, beautifully poised and balanced flavours, notes of fragrant herbs, honeysuckle, lime juice and a faint touch of steel.

Contains Sulphites.

About Karthäuserhof

Christoph Tyrell, who owns and runs the estate, exclusively exploits the Karthauserhofberg, one of the Ruwer's great vineyards. Situated in Eitelsbach, the estate dates back to the time of Carthusian monks and thanks to the dedication and hardwork of the Tyrells since purchasing the estate in the 1980s, is now one of Germany's most highly regarded. The wines are intense, slatey and boast the poise and raciness found in the wines of the Mittel Mosel but perhaps in a slightly broader, earthier style. Christoph ferments the wines in stainless steel which he believes slows down fermentation and results in wines with cleaner and clearer flavours.

Appellation: Ruwer

The Ruwer is a mere stream leading into the meandering Mosel, but a mere stream flanked by steep slopes of red and blue slate and riesling vines. The coolness of the area means that all but the most quality conscious growers can achieve ripeness year in year out, but those that do are able to fashion some of the most delicate examples of Riesling to be found.