Riesling Saar Germany
Scharzhofberger is the most famous vineyard of the Saar. It's stature is so great, that according to German law, it is one of the few wines which may be plainly labelled under it's own name, in much the same way as the Grand Cru of Burgundy. It's distinguished vines, established by the Romans, are husbanded by Germany's most eminent growers. Spätlese means late harvest, but at Egon Müller the term is used for wines made from grapes of superior ripeness. Scharzhofberger Vineyard makes extraordinary wines that defy the normal categories of sweet and dry.
The vines at Scharzhofberger are grown to a precipitous slope which enjoys breathtaking views of the Saar Valley. Soils are composed of grey and red slates, very loose and well drained, they form a unique synergy with the microclimate to provide singular conditions for Riesling. The wines are very refined and elegant, with penetrating salty mineral tones and exemplary acidity. The choicest grapes, exhibiting the requisite qualities of a Spätlese are fermented mostly through the action of wild yeasts in old, thousand litres oak foudres. The wines are raised in ancient cellars which were built by mediaeval monks. The deep, very cold and damp environments make the perfect environment in which to gently age the wines.
Light golden hue. Subtle florals, peach nectar and citrus oils, honey and herb. Judiciously ripe palate, delicate fruit with hints of honeyed botrytis and citrus floral are supported by a vivid crystalline structure and chillingly fresh acidity. A beguiling finish on lingering notes of juicy fruit/ floral/ nut flavours.