"[the] 2008 Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Riesling Auslese – was picked out already in mid-October so as to capture the driest possible botrytis. Hints of yeast and petrol mingle with suggestions of herbal distillates, honeydew melon, and quince on the nose. This is even more delicate (and a half a percent lower) than its two 8% alcohol Abtsberg Spatlese siblings and favors the honeydew melon and herb side of the vintage: metaphorically cool; delicate but creamy and soothing; and finishing with hints of nut oils, fruit skin tartness, and wet stone. [...] I would anticipate 20-25 years of understated but lovely satisfaction from this wine as well." erobertparker.com
This estate is centred on a former monastic Manor House at the foot of the Maximin Grünhaus hill close to a narrow tributary of the Mosel, the Ruwer. This towering hill is responsible for world famous wines of Carl von Schubert whose sensible attitude to vineyard management, careful selection and yield restriction result in classic examples of Ruwer style wines that are at bold, racy and mineral. Three of the region’s top vineyards are all situated on this hill. The Herrenberg occupies most of this,producing taut, mineral wines, whilst the other two comprise Bruderberg and Abstberg. In the monastic period the former provided the brothers’ tipple whilst the venerable, opulent Abstberg provided the extravagant imbibing requirements of the Abbotts.
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.