2011 Georg Albrecht Schneider Niersteiner Hipping Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1136155 92 points Wine Spectator

 The honey cream and spice flavors dominate this plush version, featuring a creamy mouthfeel and accents of tarragon. Offers an airy texture, with added notes of ripe melon and orange peel. The finish is long and languid. Drink now through 2038. 750 cases made. –KM  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

The red sandstone soils of the Hipping vineyard are old, 280 million years old, and are located smack dab in the middle of the "Roter Hang" (red slope) in the village of Nierstein. This site is known around the world as one of the best Riesling producing vineyards in Germany. It is ankle breaking steep and loaded with red sandstone which helps retain the morning sun's warmth and is protected by the Rhine River from any extreme climatic spikes which allows for a nice temperate and extended growing season. Lots of creamy citrus and spice on the nose with good density. A rich mouth feel that is layered and structured with rich juicy fruits, a slight oily texture and nice lift from the minerality and inherent acidity.

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By: Eric Story |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/10/2013  | Send Email
It was a take a step back and be impressed with this wine moment - quite possibly one of the more exciting Spätleses that I have tried in recently. The textures and layers just in the aromatics alone are addicting. There is a core of power in this wine that starts from the first sniff and drives all the way through to the finish which sits, lingers and continues to develop. Drinking sexy and cool now, this wine will continue to slowly evolve over the next fifteen years.

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Sub-Region:

Rheinhessen