Morstein Riesling 2016

93/100 Points by James Suckling

Grape: Riesling
Alcohol: 13% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2016
Format: 75cl
Classification: Einzellage (Single Vineyard)
Region: Rheinhessen
Country: Germany




2016 was not an easy vintage for the German winemakers. Spring showed changing weather with lots of rain but also warm temperatures including heavy storms and even hail. Summer continued
unstable. One day hot, the other wet. Harvest, however, was good with dry sunny days and cool nights. These vines are 45 years old on pure limestone subsoil topped with heavy clay and marl. Selectively hand-picked grapes, long maceration for up to 60 hours, spontaneous fermentation in 30 %wooden barrel, 70 % stainless steel and extended yeast contact. Nose perceives coolness with tingling aromas of citrus, mirabelle plums and juicy peaches. A hint of saltiness greets you on the palate along with earthy notes of yellow fruit, with depth, structure and an elegant finish. This wine suits Japanese cusine such as sushi and sashimi seamlessly, but also has enough weight to pair with a veal or a pork dish.

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