Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 2017

MARKUS MOLITOR

Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese
2017

$38.38*

* Suggested retail price

3 case(s) available

Product code
148674
Format
12 x 750ml
Listing type
Speculative
Status
Available
Country
Germany
Regulated designation
QmP ou Prädikatswein
Region
Mosel
Classification
Spätlese
Varietal(s)
Riesling 100 %
Color
White
Sugar
Semi-dry
Closure type
Cork
Winery's website

About this winery

Weingut Molitor is one of Germany's greatest wine producers. Markus Molitor took over the winery in 1984, at only 20 years of age. He represents the eighth generation of his centuries-old Mosel winemaking family. The estate is centered in the historic town of Bernkastel, with 37 hectares of spectacular vineyards spread across 15 classic sites from Bernkastel and Graach to Wehlen and Zeltingen. This is viticulture at its most extreme, with very old ungrafted vines (many 100 years old or more)...

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Notes about product

Not as steep in all sections as the Domprobst site, but to some extent with even richer slate soils, the Graacher Himmelrich site produces very racy, crisp Riesling grapes with firm body and particularly good for dry or off-dry wines.

Winemaking notes

All Molitor Wines are made by spontaneous fermentation. The use of improving agents or industrial yeasts is refrained from. Molitor wines are fermented at low temperature slowly over months. The wines are then left to lie for several more months on the fine yeast to give them bloom and depth. Alongside maturation in stainless steel tanks, the wines are fermented and matured in large oak barrels to ensure an especially natural flavour.

Tasting notes

The off-dry wines from Markus Molitor have a grey-green colour capsule. Tthe term "semi-dry" is not used by the winery, as "feinherb" or "off-dry" is the historical term for this style of Mosel Riesling and provides a much better description of the flavour profile of the wines.

Press reviews

Wine Advocate

- 94 points -

June 2019

The 2017 Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese (Green Capsule) displays a complex, bright, flinty, wonderfully reductive bouquet of Alpine-clear yet concentrated and perfectly ripe (and healthy!) Riesling berries and crushed stones. The exciting, highly stimulating and refreshing nose leads to a silky-elegant, round, lush and seamlessly structured palate with great finesse and ripe, lush fruit. This is the sweetest green-capsuled Spätlese, but it's also the finest and most complex one.

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