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Two 2006 Rieslings

Last weekend I attended a great wedding in sunny Cheshire – good company, decent wine, great food and an amazing live band. It was quite a party!

Having a few nights away from home obviously separated me from my cellar (oh, the trauma of it….), so I took along these two Rieslings – both under screwcap – for sipping on evenings either side of the wedding festivities.

Joh. Jos. Christoffel and Künstler Rieslings

Künstler Hochheimer Reichestal Riesling Kabinett 2006: Under screwcap. A richly coloured golden hue here. The nose is certainly suggestive of sweetness, with a candied feel to it, sweet and dried fruit, fresh and expressive though. It is a little oatmealy too. Lots of sweet and limey flesh on the palate, underpinned by lively acidity keeping it fresh. This is really appealing, with an almost chewy and very satisfying substance, and a very sappy sweetness into the finish. There is a lovely density to it, a soft and caramel-textured character in the mid- and endpalate, which is sweet and rich but fresh too, and very long. 17/20 (August 2012) AP number: 40 060 003 07

Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2006: Under screwcap. A fine, golden hue in the glass. The nose is rich in fruit and full of confident minerality. The aromas are reminscent of rich and vibrant tangerine fruit with notes of pear skin and sweet apple alongside. There is plenty of fine flesh on the palate, an appropriate weight for a spätlese, and plenty of vibrant, crunchy acidity running through the middle, accompanied by a very appealing minerally seam. This persists and dominates the long finish. And there is a really vibrant finesse on the end of the palate here. Delicious. 17/20 (September 2012) AP number: 2 602 041 005 07

Both are delicious wines. I’m not sure the Künstler would appeal to those seeking a very defined, correct, old-school Kabinett, but on the road (not literally) it served its purpose very well indeed.