Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Auslese #9 2012 375ml

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About This Wine

Himmelreich comes Celtic word for "small hill"; later the name received its Christian meaning - "kingdom of God". It's a very steep, perfectly southwest facing site of pure blue Devonian slate. It produces elegant but powerful Rieslings with a huge potential for ageing. If you're new to all this, there's a reason these wines are so beloved. Part of it is they're so scarce; the estate is all of 4 hectares with no desire to grow. Part of is the wines themselves; they're silly with deliciousness. And as crystalline as they are, as ethereally complex and limpidly clear, they have a quality of calm; they don't fuss at you how amazing they are.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Riesling
Country Germany
Region Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Brand Willi Schaefer
Vintage 2012

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 MĂĽller-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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