Falkenstein – Old vines from the Großschock

Hans had planned a Riesling Kabinett from Hofgut Falkenstein to round off the wine tasting, more precisely the Riesling Kabinett Krettnacher Euchariusberg Alte Reben 2019 from the Fuder Gisela, evident from the bold 8 in the AP number. Hans had received two bottles from the only around 1200 bottles filled each year – because the bottles are in demand. At Hofgut Falkenstein, Erich Weber and his son Johannes know how to produce excellent Rieslings. The grapes for the Riesling Kabinett in the Fuder Gisela come from predominantly ungrafted 70 to 80-year-old vines from an area of Großschock, also known as Kruschock, on the Euchariusberg site. A location that, together with Scharzhof and Grünhaus, already had a special status in the Prussian tax rates for vineyards around 1830. Scharzhofberg and Großschock have very similar soils: gray slate, quartz and hard sandstone containing quartzite.

All this very promising! The wine fulfilled that – but only really after two days at the last subsequent tasting. This showed what some have always said, how capable of development younger wines with potential are when aerated.

Riesling Kabinett Krettnacher Euchariusberg Old Vines 2019 AP-8 Gisela, Hofgut Falkenstein (Tasted wines)
First and foremost the impression of just dried window putty on the nose, backed by vegetal-floral notes, spicy and herbal in the mouth, slate stone, with hints of vegetables, delicate tannins, very complex wine, never sweet, elegant acidity, not dominating, but contributes to its depth. Eternally long finish, in which the wine echoed extremely cool. Excellent wine.

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