2016 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Diabas

Year: 2016
Appellation: Saar
Country: Germany
Vinous Media: 92
James Suckling: 95
Mosel Fine Wine Review: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 11.0%
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"Scents of white peach and papaya project a riper impression than on the nose of the corresponding Grosses Gewächs, though that might be a function not just of the state of the fruit from which it was vinified but also of residual sugar, small differences in which can have a pervasive influence. But lest talk of sugar’s efficacy be misunderstood, let me hasten to note that the actual sense of sweetness here is extremely discreet. Fresh lime injects bright, animating juiciness into the silken-textured palate, serving as a delightful foil to the riper fruit elements. Like the corresponding village-level feinherb, this Diabas displays lovely floral notes – another feature that might owe something to the presence of residual sugar. The long finish incorporates a mouthwatering lick of salinity, although, for now at least, not quite the complex and savory mineral allure possessed by this year’s Grosses Gewächs. (For background on the Zilliken Diabas bottling, consult my review of its 2015 instantiation.)" (VM)

"Really complex herbal nose which is still very youthful. This has amazing depth and a sensational harmony for a wine that tastes dry and just 11% alcohol. The texture is silky and the finish is of extreme complexity. You could drink it now, but the longer you wait the better it will be. The only problem is to live long enough! " (JS)

"This immediately captures one’s attention through superb scents of pear, yellow peach, mint, whipped cream, spices and pineapple. The wine proves intense and also saturating in aromatics with beautiful depth and a mineral core full of energy and intensity on the palate. As if by miracle, the wine then opens up in the beautifully long, minty and spicy finish. There is a sense of ethereal lightness in the after-taste which is only tightened up by mouth-watering tartness. This off-dry Riesling is a great success and will be a great food companion over many years to come. 2018-2031" (FWR)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Originally formed from cooled volcanic magma, the mix of diabase soil and Devonian slate found on the Saarburger Rausch produces a distinctive, one-of-a-kind terroir. This complex and aromatic Riesling is rich with contradictions. Stately yet sleek with deep expressive notes of dried yellow pears, apricots and a dark, spicy minerality. Layers of creamy, nuanced yet simultaneously bright yellow citrus flavors eventually mark a steady descent into a long, juicy, off-dry finish. This kind of stately grace comes from depth, not width.

Serving Suggestions:
A beautiful complement to a wide range of classic Riesling pairings, from baked monkfish to roasted rabbit to Asian-spiced short ribs.