Von Buhl Riesling 2017

$26

“It smells of lemonade and petrichor (a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather) and has a hint of bready lees goodness there.

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Ah, Riesling. Is there any other variety with as much diversity as this noble grape. Many sommeliers love Riesling partly because it does not tend to fatigue your palate as much as many other wines can, when you are tasting a big line up it is like a breath of fresh air when the Rieslings come along, somms also tend to love Riesling because of its diversity of styles from bone dry to lusciously sweet. We also love Riesling because it is a grown wine, winemakers tend to do very little in the way of winemaking, they are seen more as custodians of the grape allowing it became a great terroir-driven wine.

We have featured, Von Buhl before however, this is the new vintage of this entry-level offering. I was just too excited after trying it not to pop onto the website. Again, Mathieu Kauffmann has done well to craft a really cool wine here. He is doing some cool stuff in the winery, all the wines see full contact with their fine lees and are aged in large oak Dopplestuck, fermented with wild yeast, no pumping over and minimal sulphur additions. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough the estate is fully Organic!

The fruit comes from several of Von Buhl Estate holdings; Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg, these sites have their plantings in rich, fertile sandstone, which is unusual for German vineyards around the Rhine as they are usually slate. All the fruit for this wine is managed organically, which is better for us and the environment. This wine is dry. There is again a little-suspended carbon in the wine, although I believe it is a deeper yellow than 2016 and shows a little more development. This release is cleaner, more fruit driven with less phenolic grip than 2016, it still has that racy acidity tying it all together with a touch of reductive funk for interest. However, it seems more in balance with the fruit this vintage. It smells of lemonade and petrichor (a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather) and has a hint of bready lees goodness there. Drink this wine with fresh seafood, salty cheese, and Asian stir-fry or put it away in the cellar for up to 8 years I don’t think it will keep for quite as long as the 2016.

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