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The 2018er Schimbock is a barely off-dry wine (with 9 g/l of residual sugar) made from Riesling grapes harvested in a similarly-named sector of the Trabener Würzgarten situated in the continuation of the Wolfer Goldgrube. It did go through an extensive (3 days) pre-fermentation cold soak and was bottled in August 2020. The wine offers a quite rich and aromatic nose of pineapple, grapefruit, smoke, earthy spices, thyme, oregano, and black berry. It develops great presence underpinned by phenolic elements and a moderate sense of acidity on the intense and almost powerful palate. The wine leaves a tart and very spicy feel in the ample finish. This hugely impressive version of the Schimbock will particularly appeal to lovers of more ostentatious and smooth expression of dry-tasting Riesling. 2024-2033
94 - Mosel Fine Wines
This may be too much for some Mosel fans, but we find the intensity of the spice aromas in this rich, expansive dry riesling something else! The impressive tannin structure and the creaminess, from very long fermentation, have given it great textural complexity, rather than just pumping it up, and the finish is simultaneously bold and complex. Drink or hold.