An exploration of wine

449. Reichstrat von Buhl, Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Beerenauslese, Pfalz, 1996

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Book 3 Wine 449

£35 / 37.5cl; ??%

Our final sample for Germany in class, and an enjoyable way to finish. Perhaps not as awesome as the Rheingau can deliver, but it wasn’t until much later that I realised this was from the Pfalz. Clear, albeit with a few tartrates. Medium gold with the usual watery rim. Medium-full intensity nose showing both some toast from bottle-age, and marmalade & quince jelly from botrytis. Also notes of crystallised ginger, Demerara sugar, lemons and preserved lemon rind. Complex nose, and a powerful, complex palate: lemon, mandarin, preserved lemon, honey, quince, marmalade, and tinned apricots. Plenty of sweetness but excellent, balancing acidity, coupled with the greatest length of any wine that class. Could develop further for 10+ years, and keep for who-knows how long?

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