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Saarburger Rausch Riesling Groáes Gew Chs Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 2009

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Forstmeister Geltz - Zilliken:
In Saarburg, a picturesque, medieval town, our family is making wine since more than 260 years. The only grape-variety is Riesling, which is cultivated on 27,5 acres. Devonian slate and Diabas are the source for the intense minerality. Together with a racy and inviting Saar-Riesling-acid they set the antipole to the fruit and sweetness. These are optimal conditions to produce fruity and noble sweet wines, with great aging potential.

External Reviews for Saarburger Rausch Riesling Groáes Gew Chs Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken

External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
11/20/2013

The 2009 vintage is the first that Hanno and Dorothy Zilliken have produced the Diabas bottling, which is essentially an Erste Lage bottling for those who do not want the total dryness of the Rausch Grosses Gewächs and prefer just a whisper of residual sweetness. This is essentially still a dry wine, but the touch more RS produces a bit more early generosity on the palate in comparison to the GG. The bouquet is deep, complex and beautifully vibrant, as it jumps from the glass in a blaze of lemon, orange, lime, crystalline slate, citrus zest and a beautifully floral note of lemon blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full and snappy, with a rock solid core of fruit, great cut and focus and an endless, racy finish. The residual sugars here absolutely get devoured by the acidity here from the mid-palate back, and I would be very surprised if anyone were to taste this wine blind would call it anything but dry. A great new wine in the Zilliken portfolio! 2015-2045+. View From The Cellar, March-April 2010 #26, John Gilman


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
11/20/2013

The 2009 Rausch Kabinett is perhaps the greatest young Kabinett that I have evertasted from Hanno Zilliken. The wine contains an amazing seventy grams per liter ofresidual sugar, and yet tastes quite dry, as the acids here are more than formidable. Thebouquet is deep and stunning, as it delivers a great mélange of pineapple, orange, petrol,crystalline expressions of slate soil and a vibrant topnote of citrus zest. On the palate thewine is deep, medium-full, long and snappy, with a great core of fruit, beautiful focus andbalance and simply stunning length and grip on the very long, intense and extremelytransparent finish. Again, the requirement of at least Spätlese level must weights havereally ratcheted up the intensity here to unprecedented heights, without sacrificing any of the dancing filigree that is great Kabinett. A simply brilliant wine. 2016-2040. View From The Cellar, March-April 2010 #26, John Gilman


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
11/20/2013

The 2009 Rausch Auslese is one of those beautifully balanced, ripe Auslesen that does not show a lot of botrytis character and should age into an absolutely beautiful bottle. The bouquet is deep and very minerally, as it offers up scents of pineapple, lemon, slate, bee pollen, citrus blossoms and white cherries. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very long and pure, with complex, juicy acids, excellent focus and mid-palate depth and excellent length and grip on the vibrant and scintillating finish. Hanno notes that this was made with fifty percent botrytized grapes, but the glaze here is very delicate at this point in the wine's evolution and will probably always play a supporting role to the beautiful, "golden berry" character of this Auslese. 2019-2060. View From The Cellar, March-April 2010 #26, John Gilman


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
11/20/2013

There will be two Spätlesen this year from the Rausch- a normal bottling and one reserved for the auctions in Trier. This is the "regular" bottling, but there is nothing ordinary about this absolutely brilliant Spätlese, as it soars from the glass in a blaze of lime, oranges, fresh apricot, citrus zest, floral tones crystalline slate and just the faintest whisperings of the petrol to come with bottle age. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and dancing, with beautiful mid-palate depth, flawless balance, snappy acids and stunning length and grip on the effortless finish. A great, great wine. 2016-2050. View From The Cellar, March-April 2010 #26, John Gilman


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
11/20/2013

And how is the first Grosses Gewächs from the Rausch? Pretty stunning I should say! I have had the pleasure to taste some beautifully made Trocken wines from Hanno Zilliken in the past, but nothing that to my mind possessed the same potential as his first Grosses Gewächs from the Rausch vineyard. The bouquet is deep and flat out great, as it offers up scents of grapefruit, orange, citrus zest, plenty of slate, incipient notes of petrol and a nice topnote of lemon grass. On the palate the wine is deep, medium-full and very intensely flavored, with a rock solid core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance, ripe snappy acids and outstanding length and grip on the laser-like finish. A very, very exciting new addition to the Zilliken family! 2015-2040+. View From The Cellar, March-April 2010 #26, John Gilman



JG 94+

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