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Von Schubert Riesling Auslese Grunhauser Abtsberg 2001

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Heady and over-the-top, this is Riesling at the very extreme. It starts with fruit flavors, nectarripe and perfumed, and then transforms them into floral essences, purple and potent. It's huge and heavy with purple plum, damask rose and dusty lilac notes, yet is enlivened with an acidity that buzzes like a bee crazy for the nectar in all those flowers. Wild stuff, this needs time and food - perhaps veal or its sweetbreads.

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Region: Germany » Mosel » Abtsberg
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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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 Riesling Auslese Grunhauser Abtsberg

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

Heady and over-the-top, this is Riesling at the very extreme. It starts with fruit flavors, nectarripe and perfumed, and then transforms them into floral essences, purple and potent. It's huge and heavy with purple plum, damask rose and dusty lilac notes, yet is enlivened with an acidity that buzzes like a bee crazy for the nectar in all those flowers. Wild stuff, this needs time and food - perhaps veal or its sweetbreads.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The aromas here are fascinating and complex: mirabelle plum, musk, white peach and sweet green herbs. In the mouth, there is a much more intense spiciness that with the Abtsberg Spätlese. While relatively sweet, it packs a decisive load of slate in the finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A paradox. Smells and tastes exotic, with orange, violet and almond flavors, yet seems a bit artificial at the same time. Settles down with aeration; the vibrant structure holds promise for the future. Best from 2003 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

One of our favorites from the Mosel, these wines are incredibly long-lived. Due to the awesome ripeness of the 1999 vintage, this Auslese is surprisingly accessible but still years away from maturity. Has all the virtues of a perfect Riesling from Grunhaus - fruitiness, finesse, wonderfully intense aromas and youthful freshness.



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