Louis Guntrum, Oppenheim Herenberg, Riesling Auslese, Pradikatswein, Rheinhessen, Germany, 2012
Auslese – a style made from selected extra ripe grape bunches, ranging from dry to sweet, medium to full body, with a minimum potential alcohol of 12% abv, easily matched here with 16.8%.
Screw cap closure, a flat-bottomed bottle, 8.5% abv with 8.3% residual sugar, Weaver’s Wines, about £18
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of rich yet restrained limy citrus, ripe dessert apple, warm delicate honey, and a warmer tropical pineapple note.
Palate: a sweet wine, with medium (+) acidity, the slightest gummy grip, low alcohol, a medium (+) body, of medium (+) intensity, with a smooth lightly oily texture, and a delicate flavour of sweet lime, then over-ripe peach, pineapple and mango. A long length with a crisp clean slightly gummy, pineappley finish.
Quality: a good quality wine with fresh acidity balancing the residual sugar and harmonious with the intensity of flavour. A modest complexity showing a little development, with quite concentrated flavours, and a good length. This wine is ready now and will keep for 2-3 years, but not improve with cellaring.