We feature one of the vintage highlights of the extensive 2004 Riesling retrospective we have just completed.
(image: courtesy Geltz-Zilliken, all rights reserved)
Our Issue No 24 released in March 2014 contains the probably most comprehensive in-depth look-back at the 2004 vintage (10 years after) and the 1994 vintage (20 years after) to dat, with over 150 wines having been re-tasted. As usual, this retrospective underlines nicely how important it is to give top German Riesling the time to mature.
2004 delivers superbly zesty and fresh wines, especially at the Spätlese and Auslese level. These are drinking superbly well, and have reached their plateau and should stay there for many more years. The Saarburger Rausch Spätlese Auction by the Geltz-Zilliken Estate was one of the highlight of our tastings, and a great ambassador for both the vintage and the Saar region.
Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese (Auction)
This stupendous wine delivers a stunningly pure and elegant expression of Rausch Riesling with quite some cucumber, spices, pink grapefruit and fresh mint. A touch of more exotic fruits adds a stunning sense of complexity on the palate. The finish is just pure and refined. This is still quite closed but can already put on an incredible show if opened up well in advance. This is a huge success! 2019-2029
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