Domaine F Engel, Riesling, GC Praelatenberg, AOC Alsace Grand Cru, Rorschwihr, Alsace, France, 2011
This wine: varietal riesling, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, un-recorded source, ~£20 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a nose of lime, honey, stone fruit and other citrus; just enough acidity on a nearly off-dry medium-full body, with a palate of ripe citrus and honeyed stone fruit with waxy undertones. A long clean length. Decant for a couple of hours.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lightly petrolly lime, waxy green apple, lemon zest, ripe grapefruit, ripe dessert apple, touches of honey and white peach, with an edge of waxy-anise after some time.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a very low-key grip and a smooth almost oily texture, with flavours of limey-lemony-grapefruit citrus, stewed apple, honeyed, ripe stone fruit – white peach and nectarine, with a waxy undertone. A long length with a clean ripe citrus finish.
Quality: very good, balanced acidity with alcohol, but one gets the feeling that this is at the top end of dry ie close to 4g/l RS and could have done with a little more acidity, decent intensity and flavour concentration, showing some complexity from time in bottle, with just an edge of tertiary petrol squeezing past lime, panning into the long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, unsuited to further ageing, the structure is only just there, with a slight question mark over acidity, concentration is decent but nothing special, though a good length – will keep for 2-3 years but not improve.