The wine of the month highlight in March is a great Auslese with BA-styled racy acidity.
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The von Kesselstatt Estate, based in the village of Morscheid in the Ruwer valley, is endowed with one of the most impressive collections of vineyards in the region. This ranges from holdings in the Ockfener Bockstein in the upper Saar right down to the single ownership of the Josephshöfer in the Middle Mosel. It owns in particular multiple parcels in the mythical Scharzhofberg, out of which it produces, if possible, a rich Auslese every year. We particularly enjoyed the 2010 version of this Auslese, which shines through its great BA style framed by racy acidity.
Scharzhoberger Riesling Auslese lange GK Nr. 10
This offers a pure nose of smoke and grapefruit, which then goes over to more dramatic BA-styled aromatics of honeyed pineapple, passion fruit and mango. These lead to a great feel of intense smooth raciness on the palate, where more zesty notes of rich and honeyed yellow fruits vow for attention. The finish is rich, smooth and yet superbly racy and fresh. This is quite impressive but will require some patience for the richness on the palate to integrate. 2020-2035
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