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2019 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

2019 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

$54.99

  • 2019 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

    2019 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel, Germany

    $54.99 Excl. tax

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      Rieslings from this vineyard are mostly silky and charming, in harmony with fine fruit acid and minerality. The aromas are often characterized by citrus, yellow and white peach.

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      ABOUT THIS WINE:

      Willi Schaefer produces exclusively Riesling, because this grape variety is the best that thrives on the weathered Devonian slate soil. The parcels are located in Graacher Dompropst and Graacher Himmelreich, as well as in Wehlener Sonnenuhr. The plots are located on steep slate slopes and consist of up to 100-year-old, ungrafted vines.

      ABOUT THIS PRODUCER:

      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 4.2 hectares with no desire to grow. Part of is the wines themselves; they’re silly delicious. You cannot be unhappy drinking these perfect ur-Mosel Rieslings.  And as crystalline as they are, as ethereally complex and limpidly clear, they have a quality of calm; they don’t fuss at you with how amazing they are. Since 2015, Christoph Schaefer and his wife Andrea run this storied family winery in Graach, the pair met while studying enology at Geisenheim. Their winemaking philosophy is not much different than that of Christoph’s father or grandfather. The focus is not on numbers or analytics, but on how the grapes taste. From harvesting each plot to the fermentations with natural yeast, all the way through bottling, everything is done by taste and feel.

      In the village of Graach, with south-to-southwest exposition, the vines have great sun exposure all day as well as a natural spring that runs through the hillside, guaranteeing a good water supply even in warm vintages. The Romans already knew the benefits of Graach’s sites and cultivated vines here. In the Prussian classification of the Mosel vineyards from 1816 to 1832, Graach’s vineyards had the highest ratings. Compared to the wines just slightly northwest in Zeltingen, the wines from Graach show cooler green and white tones rather Wehlen and Zeltingen’s more orange and red flavors. These wines perfectly reflect this unique terroir and show the distinct differences between these two sites right next to each other. Domprobst is more mineral, smokier, shadowy, and takes longer to emerge while Himmelreich is buoyant, more floral, lighter in texture, and is open from day one. 

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