Weingut Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese 2016

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Wine Spectator – This expressive style features plenty of minerality, coating the mouth with luxuriant creaminess and concentrated white fruit and elderflower flavors. Very light and lacy on the pure and racy finish. Quite unctuous. Drink now through 2040

About This Wine

A beautifully elegant nose of pear, vineyard peach and fine spices. Nicely filigreed and elegant on the palate and leaves a gorgeous feeling of sweet pear, fine spices and minerals in the long and juicy finish. The elegance and finesse are simply staggering. Needs to integrate a touch of sweetness to fully shine.Drink 2026-2041.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Riesling
Country Germany
Region Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Brand Schloss Lieser
Vintage 2016

About German Wines

Germany is the world’s northernmost fine wine producing region and thus requires its vines to endure some of the coldest temperatures. Fortunately, the country’s star variety, Riesling, does well in cooler climates and can survive even these freezing winters.

Germany Riesling is classified by ripeness at harvest which is also used to indicate the wine’s level of residual sugar. Picking earlier means the grapes have less time to ripen and the corresponding wines will be on the drier side; while picking later gives the grapes the opportunity full ripen and produce a lusciously sweet Riesling. The classifications from driest to sweetest: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). While not as common to age white wines outside of Chardonnay, top tier German Rieslings can be aged for decades.

Other notable white grape varieties produced in Germany include Müller-Thurgau (a cross between Riesling and Madelaine Royale in the search for varieties that could withstand the extreme temperatures), Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The cooler German climate leads to earlier harvesting in general and gives German wines a distinctive character of higher acidity.

Historically red wine has always been harder to produce in the German climate. However, Pinot Noir grown in slightly warmer pockets of the country, has been highly successful in recent times. Going by the German name, Spätburgunder, German Pinot Noir can be elegant, structured and have vibrant acidity.

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