Kirchspiel Riesling Grosse Lage 2011 - Kirchspiel Riesling Grosse Lage 2011
Dreissigacker - Kirchspiel Riesling Grosse Lage 2011 (91 TSW)
Wow.. what a pleasure to drink this wine at this age. Sunday we plopped this bottle and poured it in the zaltoglas Decanter.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a deep golden yellow color.
On the medium+ nose aromas of dried apricot and ripe yellow apple with hints of honey, butter and light petrol.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied with great complexity, balance and roundness. Still lots of acidity (fruit) and freshness and silky in the mouth. Nice and long aftertaste.
Jochen Dreissigacker is one of Germany's up-and-coming young talents in the field of new generation, dry riesling. The fully biologically cultivated vineyards are located in and around the village Bechtheim, in Rheinhessen.
This site is a sheltered, amphitheater-shaped vineyard with vines facing east and southeast toward the Rhein. The subsoil is pure limestone overlain by clay and marl, laced with bits of limestone. The limestone rocks allow the grapes of the Kirchspiel to mature into fantastic, finesse-rich and elegant wines. The Kirchspiel Riesling gets more and more mature every year.
The Riesling grapes were harvested by hand in several steps after ripening and transported to the winery in standard containers. In order to ensure optimal leaching of the aromas, the berries were lightly ground and left in their own juice for a few hours. The juice fermented the sugar in alcohol over about 8 weeks with the grapes' own yeasts. After 9 months of yeast storage, the Riesling was bottled in mid-July. Spontaneous fermentation 50% in wooden barrel, 50% in stainless steel.