Thursday, January 21, 2016

Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spatlese

Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spatlese 2012
Nierstein, Germany

Riesling is one of my favorite grapes in all the land -- so very versatile and bright and zippy. This Riesling comes from the Rheinhessen region of Germany and is categorized as a Spatlese. This Prädikat (quality wine category) means that the grapes are harvested later and meet specific sugar ripeness requirements. Spatlese may be fermented dry, or with some residual sugar. This example is on the sweeter side.

I opened this bottle back in November for Thanksgiving (and, oy, just now had time to write up my review!) and my family was absolutely thrilled by it! The disappointment in the house when we finished the bottle as palpable. So, what did they like about it?

Review: This Riesling is a gorgeous pale straw color, with pronounced fruit aromas of lemon meringue and peaches, along with earthy notes of petrol, slate, and steel. The palate is medium sweet, with bright, high acidity, and round texture, redolent of ripe stone fruits, Meyer lemon, and steely minerals.

I adore this wine. The beautiful balance of sugar and acid creates a round, full texture. The intense fruit and mineral notes linger for a long finish.

Food Pairing: We drank this with an assortment of cheeses and charcuterie! The acid in the wine cut through the richness of the cheese, and the fruit and sugar were a great counterpoint to the spicy soppressata.

Bottom Line: Excellent concentration, intensity, and length; beautiful balance. And at just over $20 a sure crowd pleaser.

Wine Geekery:

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced (but only barely)

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