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Refined Riesling Auslese with beguiling fruit notes in the nose; an artful balance between natural sweetness and tart acidity; and a seductive, smoky minerality unique to the slate soil.
The vineyard name Thurmberg/Turmberg, or sometimes just 'Berg,' comes from the surviving keep (central tower) of what used to be Scharfenstein Castle. Situated on the estate's south-southwest facing slopes, the single vineyard is composed of predominantlystony, fragmented phyllite with dramatic inclines of up to 60 %.
A spring and early summer of record-setting rain led to irregular flowering and triggered widespread outbreaks of peronospora (a.k.a. downy mildew), resulting in sporadic crop loss. August and September set records for drought and heat, catching-up ripening. Leisurely harvest during a chilly, largely clear October and November resulted in outgoing Rieslings of modest but generally lively acidity, moderate alcohol, and understated complexity. (Mittelrhein and Terrassenmosel Rieslings tend toward acid-deficiency.) Few Auslesen and even less botrytis.