I understand Riesling can be complicated and misunderstood often, but similar to Burgundy, once you start discovering the seemingly endless flavor and nuances in their wines, you will never go back, today I will give you 4 simple reason why you should try out this Riesling
- Riesling are not all sweet, this bottle “Grosses Gewachs” roughly means Grand Cru, is by law always made in a Trocken (or dry) style, this wine is ideal to pair with Japanese or lighter Chinese cuisine, or can be savor like a white Burgundy.
- Emrich Schonleber is one of the great Nahe Riesling Producer, with “Halenberg” being their priced vineyard full of blue slate and quartz (to give it the minerality and complexity it needs) and southwest facing at 70% incline (for maximum sun exposure).
- The 2012 vintage is one of the best in recent year, 8 years in the bottle gives it time to develop secondary herbal and spicy aromas that you just can’t get with a younger wine, with most people lack the time and space to age wine, this is a perfect way to enjoy something you normally can only find at high end restaurant or serious collector’s cellar.
- Normally $115. Currently going for $79.99/bt. Absolutely unheard of. **Mic drop**
2012 vintage report from winery
After a rather warm spring, a cool and rainy June meant that flowering was a little slow to get going. This made for quite an irregular fruit set in places. We also had some difficulties with Peronsopora (downy mildew). Both issues had a detrimental effect on our yields. Luckily, the June rains infiltrated deep into the soil, and the vines benefited from this to an extent until September. This was a key factor, because the summer of 2012 here on the Nahe was one of the sunniest since records began – with moderate temperatures and scarce rainfall.
Owing to the dry conditions, our grapes remained absolutely healthy right through to mid-October – a perfect prerequisite for producing premium dry wines and fruity sweet Spätlesen. Noble-sweet, botrytis-influenced wines were a rarity in 2012.
However, we managed to harvest a fabulous Eiswein in mid-December.
This is a very fine, elegant vintage – showing much the same balance and approachability as 2011, but with a very obvious minerality that bears comparison with 2008.
Monzingen's smallest vineyard is planted exclusively with Riesling vines, most of which belong to us. Facing south with gradients of up to 70%, Halenberg has stony blue slate and quartzite soils that put our vines through their paces - making them struggle in the summer for every drop of water. As a result, the grapes in this vineyard stay smaller and develop an especially exquisite aroma. Halenberg has an inherent, finely structured, minerally saltiness. It often reveals aromas reminiscent of ripe grapefruit and other exotic fruits. After a little ageing, it takes on its characteristically spicy, herbal personality.