Weingut Michael Schafer, Riesling, Eiswein, Burg Layer Rothenberg, QmP, Nahe, Germany, 2002
This wine: lot No. not found, and fair to assume a single bottling run; varietal riesling, coated natural cork closure, 7.5% abv, 375ml, Vintage Wine, £35.90 (07/17)
Consumer tasting note: a long lived, golden hued 2002 riesling eiswein from the Nahe, with a rich profile of marmalade, baked pineapple, honey, barley sugar, and hints of nuttiness and caramel; full bodied with balancing acidity, and a palate mirroring the nose. A medium-long length.
Drink now – RTD, and will keep for 3-7 years – Wait. No need to decant, but watch for a fluffy deposit, which is absorbed, if decanted.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears [a small quantity of fine white fluffy deposit, which diffused on decanting].
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of artisan orange marmalade, baked pineapple, hint of pine, hint of floor polish, warm honey with a sugary confected edge, mango, barley sugar, an indistinct nuttiness, a hint of caramel.
Palate: sweet, medium (+) acidity, low alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity, velvety almost oily texture with a low key grip, with flavours of artisan orange marmalade, warm honey, dried pineapple, pineapple juice, hint of mango. A medium-long length with a clean palate, lingering finish, infused with marmalade and dried pineapple.
Quality: very good, well balanced fresh acidity with residual sugar, leaving an almost clean palate on spitting; a strong intensity throughout with slightly lesser concentration; showing a moderate towards high tertiary complexity, from fruit development (eg baked fruit, honey, marmalade) and time in bottle (eg caramel, floor polish, nuts), leading to a medium-long, not quite into long territory (I regard 30s plus, as long), clean finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep 3-7 years – a sound acid structure, well balanced, fully evolved, with a pleasing sensory profile, that will not improve.