Wagner Stempel Hollberg Riesling GG 2015

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
The intensely yellow-colored 2015 Siefersheimer Höllberg Riesling trocken GG is ripe and intense, yet also precise and stony on the nose; it has crushed iron stones and lemon flavors, but also some herbal and tropical fruit aromas. Full-bodied, round and rich, this is an intense wine. It is elegant, fresh and racy, as well as vital and very mineral. There is a stunning grip and purity in the finish. It is dense and round, but also provided with a mouth-filling salinity, stony character and a firm structure. The fruit is mainly yellow-fleshed (but there are super ripe or even dried white fruit flavors, as well), perfectly ripe and interwoven with the stony, salty-mineral purity and the grippy structure. This is probably one of the most—if not the most—vivid, pure and tension-filled Höllberg that the WS team has ever produced. I have often found this respectable wine from a pretty warm spot to be too rich and broad, especially when compared to the leaner and cooler Heerkretz. But the 2015 combines the juicy ripeness with the purity, tension and lingeringly salty smell of weathered rocks. It's a fascinating wine that was picked in between October 8-16 and should age for 15, probably 20 years. STEPHEN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate