Riesling Auslese Nackenheimer Rothenberg

2016

90g/l RS, 9g acid, 7% alc. There was botrytis in this vintage, but at Gunderloch it was the dry, clean kind that winemakers love. Tasted upon release, it showed extremely pale and pretty with great juiciness and lift--atypical for a Rhine Auslese. Sweet lemon tea notes play around the edges. A wine of fantastic purity, reminiscent of the 2008 and 2012. With only 10g RS more than the Spatlese in that year, this is perhaps less of a dessert style than an after-dinner wine for a course of creamy cheeses with membrillo and fig jam; or else just on its own. If serving with dessert, try a lighter pastry like key lime pie or pavlova.  

92 points
"An interesting auslese, with aromas of hops and geranium oil, while the palate shows notes of candied ginger, honey and ruby grapefruit, with hints of cream and cinnamon. Shows density, yet the acidity keeps this lively and full of energy. Delicious now, but the best is yet to come. Best from 2020 through 2036. 100 cases made."
Aleks Zecevic,
Wine Spectator
, May 31, 2018
94 points
"Made from grapes with 30/40% botrytised berries, the 2016 Rothenberg Riesling Auslese has a clear citrus color and opens with a bright, fresh and concentrated bouquet of grapefruits, lemons and wet stones. Round and deliciously lush on the palate, this is a mouth-filling, highly elegant, piquant and salty Auslese with nice grip, grapefruit flavors on the aftertaste and pencil wood on the finish. Really stimulating. Very erotic and provided with great aging potential."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, May 2018

SKU/Code: 
DB8154-16
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Riesling