Graacher Himmelreich, Riesling, Spätlese, 2014

  Willi Schaefer

A strong initial grapefruit pith flavour here, lots of herbs, thyme, campari, bitter citrus and tangerine, alongside herbal grassy nuance. Satisfyingly intense with citrus and salt on the finish. Racy and nervy this should settle into something most impressive. (nb. there will be no Domprobst spatlese this year as it is all going to Auction)

Contains Sulphites.

About Willi Schaefer

A tiny estate based in the village of Graach, Schaefer produces some of the Mosel’s most intense and powerful wines from the Himmelreich and Domprobst vineyards. The latter vineyard has particularly diverse soil types so several parcels tend to be vinified and bottled separately as different Fuder numbers. The wines are all aged and fermented in large oak fuders and usually bottled by the May following the vintage. These are taut, powerful and complex, some of Germany's finest and most mineral wines.

Appellation: Mosel

The vineyards along the steep sided banks of the Mosel river, part of the region known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, are known for being some of the hardest vineyards in the world to work (due to their steepness) and home to some of the finest white wines in the world. Riesling is king in this cool region that follows the twists and turns of the River Mosel providing myriad different terroirs and vineyard aspects.