Domaine Weinbach, Cuvee Ste Catherine, Riesling, Clos des Capucins, AOC/AOP Alsace, France, 2006
Varietal riesling, Vinolok closure, 13.5% abv, Gauntleys, £37 (2015)
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, of pronounced intensity, developing, with aromas, as they come, of lime skin, ripe yellow grapefruit, cut green cooking apple, warmer stone fruit – white peach and apricot, a subdued limy-petrol note, honey, dried citrus and stone fruit, and a touch of sultana. [With time, an hour or so, an anise note appears].
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol and a medium (+) body, with a velvety texture and a very light grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of lime skin, ripe grapefruit, lemon pith, apricot, gorse flower (delicate coconut-like), pineapple skin, ripe green apple (when it has turned to red and yellow stored over winter), and honey. A very long length with a clean citrus finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, with acidity in keeping with alcohol, both harmonious with the intensity of flavour, decent but not outstanding concentration, but showing a good level of complexity with primary citrus and orchard fruit and tertiary honeyed, petrolly, and dried fruit notes from bottle maturation, with a very long length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: can drink now but has potential for ageing. A good structure of acidity, well-balanced, showing tertiary development but still primary fruit, with room for improvement over say 3-5 years, as the honeyed and dried fruit elements deepen.