Riesling Kabinett Rheingau Prinz Von Hessen 2009
"Life is too short to drink bad wine", Goethe's words were written in what is now Prinz von Hessen's Hasensprung vineyard and are as good a motto as any for a winery that prides itself on its centuries old tradition of making fine Rieslings. The estate is literally one of the most aristocratic in Germany. The estate has holdings in some of the best vineyards in the Rheingau with 20 of the 30ha of vines planted on Erstes Gewachs - or First Growth - sites. The wines are drier than those typically found in the Mosel; steely and minerally with perfumed fruit and perfect balance between the high acidity and small levels of residual sugar. This wonderful wine Riesling shows a pale-yellow colour and light green reflexes, which displays a smell from fresh and juicy fruits. The flavours remind of orange blossom and decently of grapefruit. This Riesling convinces with its well balanced acidity and its fine-linked mineral character and it's superb versatility makes it a great partner to a wide range of dishes.
Editorial Reviews for Riesling Kabinett Rheingau Prinz Von Hessen
A lot of mineral water notes on the nose along with a little smoky tone, some waxy fruit notes and a dusting of white pepper. On the palate, this is a fairly dry Kabinett with plenty of richness for the genre, more of a halbtrocken in style. There’s a touch of nuttiness to the fruit early on that leads to a raw quince and pithy, citrus flavored mid-palate. A bit severe in style with good focus and a nice linear mouth feel, though this is pretty much a wine for the anti-flavor elite that ends with crunchy mineral tones over a nice base of green apple and floral herb fruit. Would show better with food. 87pts