Kerpen Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese * 2005

Sweet Wine from Germany
Review Date : 28-Mar-2014
Brilliant, deep, light golden straw-yellow colour. The nose is a little shy, with tightly bound aromas of citrus fruits interwoven with secondary honey, toast and nutty aromas. Piquant and savoury complexities emerge, showing minerals and earthy detail. Very sweet to taste, the fruit is tightly bound and restrained in expression. Fresh yellow florals, honey and minerals form a concentrated core that unfolds with moderate aromatic lusciousness. A fine, drying phenolic line forms the backbone along with brisk and cutting acidity, and this carries the refined flavours to a very long, lingering finish. This is a youthful auslese that will evolve over the next decade plus. 8.0% alc., 105 g/L RS. 19.0/20 Mar 2014 RRP $53.00 The Kerpen holdings are on the steeper sections of this great vineyard. Bright, light golden yellow with pale edge, this has a very refined nose showing secondary complexities of lime, honey, toast and minerals. Sweet on palate, this has lovely toast and honey flavours and excellent rich, creamy textures. The acidity is bright and adds to the luscious nature of the wine, and its harmony is the highlight. The complex layers of nuance unfold in the glass and carry through to the finish which is drier than the front palate suggests. This is an excellent example of an Auslese approaching its plateau. 8.0% alc. and 85 g/L rs. Sip as an aperitif, or match with fruit desserts and creamy cheeses over the next 5-7 years. 18.5-/20 May 2011 RRP $56.00

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