2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

Year: 2018
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
James Suckling: 92
Mosel Fine Wines: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
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"This is very pure and offers aromas of ripe nectarines and limes with a stony edge. The palate has a beautifully fleshy feel with succulent white peaches on offer. The balance is good here, as is the freshness. Drink now." (JS)

"The 2018er Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett was harvested at approx. 83° Oechsle and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (50 g/l). It offers a beautiful even if rather ripe nose of pear, quince, herbs and spices. The wine is firmly structured and racy on the palate and leaves a great long feel of ripe fruits and fine herbs into the long and racy finish. This is one of the few real Kabinett of the vintage, but one which is still marked by its acidity and will need a few years to find its balance. 2026-2038" (FWR)

Winery Notes:
The vineyard name of Himmelreich might come from the site’s exposure. Graacher Himmelreich surrounds the site of Dompropst and is also classified as VDP.Grosse Lage. Himmelreich is well protected by wind and frost and has good heating from the slate soil for an even and full ripening of the grapes. The many water veins provide optimal care of the vines here.

Rieslings from Himmelreich mostly tend to be silky and charming, with a fine fruity acidity and minerality. The aroma is often characterized by citrus and yellow and white peaches.