DI taste test German Spätburgunder
With thanks to Iris Ellman at The WineBarn
27 August, 2008
== Mimus 2003 QbA Trocken, Dr Heger - Baden ==
Grown on the volcanic soils of the Ihringer Winklerberg, reputed ly one of Germany's warmest sites; maceration on skins for 20 days followed by 12 to 14 months in small barriques; 13.5 per cent abv; UK £23.25
Colour: Bright ruby red
Aroma: Ripe fruit jelly, raspberry/cherry compote, hints of damp earth
Taste: Really full, fruity explosion. A tingle of lively, youthful acidity balances some chewy tannins, but the wine has an immediate appeal with bags of primary fruit - raspberry, red cherry, strawberry and blackberry notes on the finish. Complex and full flavoured but highly drinkable.
Overall: Great now or keep for two to three years. Compare: Pernand-Vergelesses.
== 2003 Spätlese Trocken, Weingut Bercher - Baden ==
Grown on the volcanic soils and sandy clay of the Jechtinger Eichert; vines replaced at about 25 years; 12 months in large old oak vats; 13.5 per cent abv; UK £28.42
Colour: Lighter, pinky red tinged with ochre
Aroma: Leafy, sour cherry nose with hints of pepper and clove
Taste: Jammy sour cherry and redcurrant. Soft, spicy mid-palate with forest fruits, keen acidity and a suggestion of wood smoke.
Overall: For drinking now. Compare: Côte de Beaune.
== Cuvée Max 2003 Trocken, August Kesseler - Rheingau ==
35 year-old vines grown on slate soils in the Assmannshäuser Höllenberg; fermented in open, 1,000-litre vessels followed by 12 to 14 months in barrique; 14 per cent abv; UK £30.60
Colour: Dusky ruby with a dark core
Aroma: Expressive black fruits with gently menthol, spicy touches
Taste: Full-bodied black berries, black cherry and Victoria plum, bound together by firm but rounded tannins and racy acidity. Blackcurrant on finish with distinctly spicy, woody hints
Overall: Keep for four to six years. Compare: Nuits-St-Georges.