Dr. Bürklin-Wolf - Ruppertsberger Hoheburg Riesling 2003
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Ruppertsberger Hoheburg Riesling 2003 (90 TSW)
The magic of aged Riesling.
Riesling wines have, for the most part, great aging potential. The aging potential comes from the naturally low pH (and high acidity) of Riesling wines as well as from Riesling's mineral aspect, or at least, that is what is theorized. The aging potential is accentuated as the sugar level increases.
This Riesling from the Pfalz is a beautiful example.
The roots of the Dr. Bürklin-Wolf go back to the 16th century. The winery, with 86 hectares of vineyards, is one of the largest private estates in Germany and has been managed since 1992 by Christian von Guradze together with his wife, the heiress of the family winery. Although it had been known for some time for its Auslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines, the main focus of production was changed to dry white wines, mainly vinified from Riesling.
The overall production concept of the traditional company Dr. Bürklin-Wolf fundamentally changed and led back to the top of the Pfalzweine: The cultivation of the vineyards, which has been converted in accordance with biodynamic guidelines since 2005, and the classification of the individual layers according to the model of Burgundy into Grands Crus and Premiers Crus locations.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep golden / copper color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of orangezest, light citrus and ripe peach with hints of honey, quince jam and smoked petrol.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with medium acidity and a medium length finish. Still compact and alive after all these years.