Rich stone fruit balancing the acidity and loads of crushed stone. I very much enjoy dry rieslings like this, without the mouth-puckering austerity, and with a fruit richness, but still elegance and minerality. Yum.
Wine carved out of stone. This is all about minerality. Amazingly fresh, pure citrus and lemon fruit infused with stony, dusty and saline elements, so pure, elegant and long, power conveyed with remarkable grace and finesse.
Colour: Medium minus intensity gold, slight rim fade Nose: Clean, developing, medium intensity, slight mustiness, apple, grapefruit, kumquat, lime, lemon, hints of orange, slight struck match, stone notes, sweet spice, nutmeg, rubber, very slight kerosene, cream, honey. Mouth: Medium plus acid, medium but warm alcohol, medium body, medium plus flavour intensity, slight tongue coating phenolic, slight lime, lemon, apple, spice and ginger. Off dry and honey notes carry on the long finish. Very good. Lots going on but a bit out of whack.
What a beautiful wine. I was expecting symphonic intensity and instead found restraint and delicacy. While dry, there's nothing austere about it. It's medium-bodied with minerals, pit fruits, and a hint of spice. It kept getting better over the course of a couple of hours, and the last glass was the best.
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(Kunstler Kirchenstuck Erstes Gewachs) A wonderfull salty, minerally nose with loads of stone fruits (peach, tangerine). Hauntingly elegant with nice concentration and a lithe feeling in the mouth. Quite rich in the middle and the backend. Great finish. A wow wine and such a bargain in the world of Erstes Gewachs.
(Kunstler Hocheimer Kirchenstuck Erstes Gewachs) I have definetly come to the conclusion that 2005 is an absolutely spectacular vintage for the GG and EG category with almost every one of them blowing me away. Tonight was no different. Explosive aromas of apricot, verbena, chamomile, white flowers, incense, sweet paprika, tangerine and some slate. Amazingy complex nose that grew throughout the night. Palate was soft as a pillow with beautiful purity and delineation. The acid is great but not imposing. It is perfectly integrated. The harmony was jaw-dropping. The fruit had a dried quality yet still had amazing freshness which is I guess what these styles of wine are trying to attain. Painfully elegant and long. This is an amazing wine and quite a value.
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