Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2018
92 points, “The wine develops the creamy presence of a light Auslese on the palate and leaves a nice feel of ripe orchard fruits in the juicy and comparatively playful finish.” – Mosel Fine Wines
Graacher Himmelreich borders the southern edge of the iconic Wehlener Sonnenuhr, with its famous sundial. Although Wehlener Sonnenuhr may be more prestigious, Graacher Himmelreich often rivals its famous neighbour at a lower price. Max Ferdinand Richter’s Spätlese (meaning ‘late harvest’ and letting you know that it has additional ripeness and sweetness) from this top-notch site is a sensational medium-sweet Riesling. Max Ferdinand Richter described 2018 as “a vintage to be remembered” on account of the “perfect season”, and expectations are high from the wine critics and press. This medium-sweet Riesling fully delivers on all that hype, with mirabelle, peach, apple, pear, lime, dried flowers, herbs, spices and a wonderful combination of both zestiness and creaminess that’s reminiscent of lemon posset. Although quite sweet (90g/l), its racy acidity makes it feel airy and delicate, almost like the freshness of sea spray whipped up off a pebble beach,
Max Ferdinand Richter is known for picking later than many of their neighbours, so their wines have a rich and unctuous style. And with 300 years of experience, they’re absolute masters of their art. Serve this dramatic and energetic Riesling with spicy food – think creamy Vietnamese curry, kimchi, pad thai, nasi goreng or Indian dishes from Goa or Kerala – because the sweetness and bright flavours will work perfectly. However, its refreshing acidity also makes it a great match for fatty meat and fish dishes such as sausages, duck, unagi, smoked salmon or trout with a creamy sauce. Amongst all that meat, it's worth noting that Max Ferdinand Richter's wines are all suitable for vegans too, and it’s hard to think of many spicy vegetable dishes it wouldn't match.
£3.2 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3466555
Style No.: 886227
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