2015 Riesling Idig Grosses Gewachs Christmann

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Average critic rating : 93.25 points



Pale greenish straw. Nutty, interesting nose with some elegance. Racy too. Molten honey satin texture without being particularly sweet. Full and interesting - quite a contrast to the same producer's Mandelgarten! Aug 2016, www.jancisrobinson.com, Drink: 2016-2022



Noble oaky flavors intertwined with a perfume of ripe stone fruits, lemons, herbs and crushed stones open to the very deep, complex and concentrated 2015 Königsbacher Idig Riesling Trocken GG. This full-bodied, powerful, round and juicy, yet vital and finesse-full Riesling reveals a dense and silky texture. The wine is structured with fine tannins and a highly elegant, mouthwatering and mineral acidity. The oak is still detectable in the beginning, but gets very well integrated with (some hours of) aeration. The finish is pure and salty, as well as powerful, sappy and aromatic. The 2015 Idig is very fine, but also compact and powerful. This will need some years to unfold its great character.

After his excellent 2014s, Steffen Christmann has bottled another great range of 2015s. "2015 is well succeeded," he says, adding that "everything was ideal when you were able to be quick and punchy." Since the harvesting windows have become smaller and smaller in the past years, team Christmann was pretty big this year again--and that was crucial to get everything in before overripeness occurred. "We managed to pick 1.5 hectares per day," he says. Again, Christmann harvested all of his vineyards in only two weeks, between September 14 and 30. Grapes where botrytis was already on its way were kept on the vines during that time and picked no earlier than around October 10. "These berries turned from golden-yellow to pink and purple in a matter of 14 days," he says. These grapes were picked on one day and finally resulted in the very few noble sweet wines Christmann produced (Auslese and Beerenauslese). Jul 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2020-2030


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