Weingut Emrich-Schönleber - Lenz Riesling 2019
Weingut Emrich-Schönleber Lenz Riesling 2019 (89 TSW)
The Schönleber family has been active in viticulture in the Nahe wine-growing region for 250 years. Father Wernet (vineyard) and son Frank (wine cellar) together manage the almost 20 hectares of vineyard. Among these, the two most famous vineyards are the steep 'Frühlingspätzchen' and 'Halenberg'. Both vineyards are classified by the German VDP as GG (Grosses Gewächs), the German equivalent of Bourgogne Grand Cru.
Both vineyards are located in the cooler part of the Nahe where the slopes are favorable (max 70% south-facing). The soils are perfect for Riesling, a mix of frames and quartz. The Schönlebers have the largest property on the Halenberg GG with 5.5 hectares.
Although they have only been bottling under their own label since 2001, they belong to the absolute elite of the German Riesling producers of the past ten years. In the cellar, the grapes are crushed after harvest, soaked cold and then fermented (spontaneously) in stainless steel and 1200 liter oak barrels (especially the GM's).
Back to the wine:
The Lenz from Emrich-Schönleber is made from 100% Riesling grown primarily the Frühlingsplätzchen vineyard.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright golden yellow color.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of white peach, lemon peel, apple, apricot and stony hints.
On the palate medium bodied with a beautiful interplay between the crispy acidity and a pinch of sweetness. Good volume and length with a good potential. Flavours of lemon, lemon peel, pineapple, green apple and some honey.
Pairing: creamy cheese, pickles and marinades, sushi, Thai food or as aperitif.