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Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter, Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany, 2021

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Overview of the Wine
The estate of Max Ferd. Richter has been passed down from father to son for the past 300 years. The current reins are held by Dr. Dirk Richter, the 9th generation, and will eventually be passed down to his son Constantin. The estate produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. Through the entire line of wines, their hallmark balance is evident in every glass.

Throughout the estate, only all-natural fertilizers, sustainable farming, and hand- harvesting are employed. Vineyards are treated as needed so in some vintages some vineyards are entirely ecological. They use pomace, compost and stall manure as fertilizers. Application is in late winter and early spring. Overall, they are trying to minimize waste, water and energy consumption.

This monopole is a southwest-facing vineyard slope of just two acres. The vineyard was planted in 1964, but the first historic record dates back to 30th April 1245! The vineyard was dedicated by the Count of Veldenz to the nearby convent from which it took its name “Helenenkloster” (St. Helene’s convent.)

Sustainable.

Grape / Blend
Riesling

Origin
Mosel, Germany

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This Riesling is being picked in the Graacher Himmelreich. The vineyard is situated southeast. The Devonian slate stone has got rich clayish compounds and thus is keeping humidity perfectly well. “Himmelreich” translates “kingdom of heaven” – no easier way to get there than enjoying it every day!

94 Points - Mosel Fine Wines
The 2021er Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese was made from partially botrytized grapes (20%) harvested at 88° Oechsle and was fermented down to noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (75 g/l). Still quite non-saying at first, this needs a few minutes in the glass to develop its superbly smoky and refined nose of pineapple, herbs, tangerine, spices, blackberry, and a touch of apricot. The wine proves superbly playful on the palate where light ripe and fresh fruits are wrapped into a spicy and zesty acidity. The finish is all about focus and freshness as lime and grapefruit zest lead the pace. This drinking Auslese remains fascinating thanks to its nice complexity. 2031-2046.

Product size: 750ml

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