Morstein Riesling 2018

93/100 Points by James Suckling

Grape: Riesling
Alcohol: 13.5% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2018
Format: 75cl
Classification: Einzellage (Single Vineyard)
Region: Rheinhessen
Country: Germany




Challenging but favourable vintage: Hot, dry and sunny summer with an early flowering and a fast ripening process. The weather conditions continued into the harvest, allowing many grapes to stay on the vine right up to October. Of course, the drought also led to water stress in some regions. Since temperate heat and cool nights dominated in September and October the grapes
remained healthy and were able to develop intensive aromas. These vines are 45 years old on pure limestone subsoil topped with heavy clay and marl. Selectively hand-picked grapes. The must was left to macerate for 6-12 hours. The wine was then aged for 18 months in stainless steel 80% and 1200L wooden barrels 20%, before being finally bottled in March 2020. 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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