2018 Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese Rheinhessen
TERROIR: The steep Hipping vineyard, known as the red slope, der roter Hang, is rated as one of the best in Germany, producing Riesling with spicy mineral flavors, exotic and pronounced ripe fruit with excellent maturing potential as the site sometimes produces a wine that is slow to show its true promise. The slope itself is warmed by the early morning sunshine and the red sandstone soil retains the warmth. The proximity to the Rhine protects the foliage from early fall cold nights and allows for a long growing season.
TASTING NOTES: Hints of pine frond, earth and smoke entice on the nose of this unusual, remarkably well-priced Riesling. Semi-sweet in style, it’s rich and creamy on the palate with luscious peach and grapefruit flavors. It’s surprising nuanced too, exposing layers of steel, crushed mineral and acid that meld beautifully through a long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: A perfect match for strong Indian and Asian spiced dish es. Also fantastic with a spiced duck leg, dishes with acidic sauces, roasted vegetables and soft cheeses.
Vinous - "A lovely nose features orange, apple and sweet lime headily garlanded in honeysuckle. The soft, polished palate takes advantage of a certain looseness to come off as easygoing, at once soothing as well as subtly stimulating in its suggestions of orange zest and honeysuckle stem. Sweetness is modest and supportive, which, along with generous juiciness, allows the finish to genuinely refresh. I very much doubt that this will prove a long keeper by Riesling Spätlese standards. Drinking window: 2020 - 2026"
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