Ökonomierat Rebholz Ganz Gorn im Sonnernschien Riesling GG 2008 (Pfalz, Germany)
13%, Cork, $128
After a week battling the sort of manflu that sees people move away from you on the bus when you cough, I’m finally back to some sort of normality today and this delicious Rizza was a great wine to come back to.
When I first tasted the Rebholz wines circa two years ago I promised myself I’d buy some. Thankfully I followed through, and this is in a good place. Quite mature (as many dry 08s do) with a generosity that wouldn’t be out of place in Alsace, the nose all lemon toast and orange juice with just a little creme brûlée juicy creaminess (mainly fruit juice though).
In contrast, the palate is much more conventional and leaner, the toasty fullness reined in by just enough limey acidity There’s still an unctuousness to this – golden toast fruit juice, suggesting rather low acidity in Pfalz terms, but its more than balanced and gently drying.
Delicious, not wildly intense, perfectly ripe dry Riesling in a gentle, easily flowing style. It’s perhaps a little full to drink loads of it, but the drinkability is still very high and there is a lovely saline finish that is seriously refreshing.
Score: 18/20, 93/100
Would I buy it? Yes. The price is still steep though.
Buy online: Eurocentric website