This stunning Auslese and the stunning collection 1995 by von Schubert stood out in our 1995 retrospective. Carl von Schubert provides some insights on the incredible string of successes by the Estate in the 1990s.
Our “20 Years-After” retrospectives are probably the largest look-back at such a mature Riesling vintage done anywhere in the world. For the 1995 vintage, we reviewed over 60 wines from many leading producers including Geltz-Zilliken, von Schubert, Joh. Jos. Prüm, Egon Müller, Reinhold Haart, Willi Schaefer, Max Ferd-Richter and many more.
We had the privilege to re-taste much of the 1995 collection of Carl von Schubert at his Maximin Grünhaus Estate. This proved one of the highlights of our retrospective. All wines, including dry ones, were at least very good if not outstanding or outright modern day classics. The wines were racy and avoided the weighty side of some other wines from this comparatively ripe 1995 vintage.
The 1995 collection is only one among a whole string of stunning collections crafted by the Estate in the 1990s. Anyone having had the chance to taste a wine from that period will have felt under the spell of its incredibly lively yet complex freshness. Carl von Schubert sees the success above all in the yields and the Oechsle degrees: "Our average yields in the 1990s were remarkably low for the period, not exceeding 30 hl / ha. The Oechsle degrees were also often not that high: The 1995 Spätlese did not come in with much more than 80° Oechsle and the 1995 regular Auslese bottlings were made from fruit having only 88° Oechsle. All this helped to create classic, uncompromising Grünhaus wines, with grip and zest, but above all typical Ruwer and vintage character.”
Among the collection, we highlight here the regular Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg Auslese, which showed a perfect balance between Ruwer freshness and raciness and the soothing touch brought by Auslese fruit. But, we could have highlighted any wine from the 1995 collection as all are worth searching for!
A review of the 1995 von Schubert collection can be found in the 1995 Riesling retrospective published in Issue No 27 (March 2015). This Issue is available to subscribers on simple request. Not yet a subscriber? You can become one, free of charge, by simply registering yourself here below.
Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Auslese
This delivers a hugely complex nose of succulent yellow peach, frangipane, spices and herbs and delivers a simply stunning feel of fresh herbs and chamomile in the long and elegant finish. The wine has this natural simplicity of truly great wine and yet the length, the finesse and the elegance are simply stunning for a wine of this “lightness”. What a stunning effort! Now-2025
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