Von Buhl Estate Riesling QBA Dry 2016
It's hard to imagine a more perfect entry Riesling than this. With the arrival of ex-Bollinger chef de cave Mathieu Kauffmann, the wines of this celebrated Pfalz estate have shifted up yet another gear. Now drier than ever, Kauffmann's incoming regime includes longer lees aging, no pumping, very low sulphur additions, and even at this level the wines are bottled unfiltered. Here we offer a beautiful illustration of the new style, from a vintage that many commentators and producers are calling Vintage of the Century.
The grapes for this wine are drawn from Von Buhl's organically tended sandstone-rich parcels in Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg, which in 2016 yielded well below the regional average. The combination of a beautiful vintage with fully ripe grapes, not to mention Kauffmann's ultra precise winemaking - which includes a portion of the blend fermented in large, neutral stuckfass casks - has reaped perhaps the most exciting version of this perennial bargain we have shipped. Perhaps! It's a wine that offers aromatic and juicy grapefruit and racy lime notes. Penetratingly dry on the palate, yet there's plenty of succulent fruit padding, combined with mouth-tingling zestiness and some lovely, minerally, powdery grip and crunchy acidity to close. A super expression of dry Riesling that bats well above its price point.
|Brand||Von Buhl Estate|
In a mixed or straight case: $27.54