2015 Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier Scharzhofberger Spätlese Saar

SKU #1315127 93 points Wine & Spirits

 The Episcopal Wine Estates of Trier formed in 1966, when the Cathedral of Trier merged its vineyards with those of two nearby seminaries. Now accounting for 242 acres, the estate has holdings in some exalted vineyards, including Scharzhofberger. Cellarmaster Johannes Becker turned out an extravagantly fruity riesling from that vineyard in 2015, spinning intense mineral tones with creamy pineapple and passionfruit flavor. It holds its flavors for days, gaining in clarity.

92 points Wine Spectator

 This resonates with vibrant and racy flavors of red peach, Fuji apple and dried apricot, woven together by fresh acidity. Shows luscious creaminess on the finish, accented by hints of sage honey. Drink now through 2030.

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Scharzhofberg lies south of the Middle Mosel and Rheingau and is considered the coolest great site on the Saar. It’s more than 300 meters high. The slope rises behind the Scharzhof like a mighty wall; the soil consists mostly of gray slate. Scharzhofberg is a prime example of a northern vineyard. The Romans planted vines here in the middle of the third century. Scharzhofberger wines are characterized by their subtlety and delicacy, a stark contrast to the weather-battered hillside. The cold winds from the Hunsrück regularly sweep over the hill to provide the vines with good ventilation. The extreme temperature differences between day and night are balanced by the high proportion of highly weathered slate soil that stores the sun’s heat during the day and releases it back to the vines at night."

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- 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.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 8.5