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Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese 2003

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Lemon, lime, pear, white peach and a touch of passion fruit. Quite firm in the mouth, with intense fruit yet a nice touch of austerity. Finishes with a palpable load of slate and enormous grip.

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Schubert Estate:
As anywhere, good wine begins in the vineyard and what is most important for a great wine is the terroir of the vineyard - the combination of soil and climate. Here, at the Schubert vineyards, relatively mild winters and a slow ripening season couples with hand-pruning and hand-picking of low cropping vines to consistently produce fruit of excellent quality. The Australian wine industry is pro... Read more
As anywhere, good wine begins in the vineyard and what is most important for a great wine is the terroir of the vineyard - the combination of soil and climate. Here, at the Schubert vineyards, relatively mild winters and a slow ripening season couples with hand-pruning and hand-picking of low cropping vines to consistently produce fruit of excellent quality. The Australian wine industry is proudly based on its vines, which date back to the first days of settlement, when pioneering hands planted their cuttings. As the creator of Penfold’s Grange Hermitage, Max Schubert once said, “I’d like to believe that the wines with which I have been associated are descended from one old ancestor vineyard established many years ago, marrying with another, and another, and even another if you like, thus creating and establishing a dynasty of wines. These may differ in character year by year, but all ... bear an unmistakable resemblance and relationship to each other and to the original ancestral starter member of the dynasty." Schubert Estate began originally in the early 1900s when a Schubert family settled on Roennfeldt Road. Steve Schubert bought Arthur Schubert's 65-acre property in the 1980s unfortunately by then all the vines were derelict. Steve began with the task in renovating the old iron-stone house and in 1991 Steve sectioned off six acres and planted it with three acres each of shiraz and semillon vines. In 1996 Steve prepared two acres of the L-shaped piece of land which surrounded the goose-yard and planned for it to be planted with Shiraz rootlings. By the year 2000 Steve and Cecilia decided that with a total of approx 32 acres planted to vineyard it was time to cease planting. Read less

External Reviews for Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Abtsberg Riesling Spätlese

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Lemon, lime, pear, white peach and a touch of passion fruit. Quite firm in the mouth, with intense fruit yet a nice touch of austerity. Finishes with a palpable load of slate and enormous grip.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Rich aromas and flavors of white peach with a hint of rhubarb and honey tinged with herbs and wet stones lead to a quite honeyed, rich, satiny palate emphasizing melons peaches and rhubarb, but shot through with bracing citricity. The finish here is entirely convincing with a pure and refined colloquy of fruit and mineral as well as a combination of richness and invigorating brightness that one associates with a long and venerable line of highly ageworthy Abstberg Spatlesen.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Almost like fruit juice, this evokes peach, apple and mineral notes on a rich, open texture, all enveloping the vibrant acidity. Fine lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This even smells taut, its minerality fighting to keep the fruit under wraps. With air, the fruit wins out, unleashing gentle white peach notes through to a jazzy shock of crisp red apple. For aging at least five years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

This wine combines all the great virtues of a perfect Riesling from Grünhaus: fruitiness and finesse, wonderfully intense aroma and youthful freshness. Outstanding aging potential. An excellent accompaniment to pates and other savory foods as well as desserts, such as soufflés of fresh fruits, e.g. strawberries, raspberries or rhubarb. Away from the table, it is truly a wine for meditation, to stimulate and enhance thought s and conversation.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Apple, almond and lime flavors are etched in slate, courtesy of the racy structure and sharp relief embodied by this prototypical Mosel spätlese. Patience will be rewarded. Best from 2003 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Incredible nose. Fresh herbs, grapefruit, peach, currant, and slate practically leap from the glass. On the palate this wine displays amazing complexity, harmony and sophistication of flavor. It is sleek, yet intense and fleshy, with a superb cut and length. Remarkably approachable for a young von Schubert wine; a candidate for Spätlese of the vintage.


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