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Wittmann Riesling Trocken Gros Gewaches Morstein 2010 750ml
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Wittmann Trocken Gros Gewaches Morstein Riesling 2010

Rheingau / Rheinhessen - Germany

Professional Wine Reviews for Wittmann Trocken Gros Gewaches Morstein Riesling 2010

Rated 93 by Stephen Tanzer
White peach, sweet lime and cinnamon on the exuberant nose. Intense passion fruit flavor framed and lifted by crisp acidity. With its serious density and uplifting spice on the finish, this wine has excellent potential. One of the best dry rieslings of the vintage.
Rated 90 by Robert Parker
Peach kernel and lemon rind render the Wittmann 2010 Westhofener Morstein Riesling Grosses Gewachs piquant on the nose as well as on a subtly oily, palpably high-extract, tartly juicy palate. There is formidable grip and persistence, even if of a somewhat austere sort, featuring counterpoint among stone, fruit pit and citrus. Salinity serves for some welcome stimulation of the salivary glands, but let there be no mistake: we have here one dense, chewy ball of Riesling sinew. It may well retain freshness for close to a decade, but is likely to remain much more formidable than fun to drink. (Ok, I overstate: many of those Germans most knowledgeable and passionate about wine seem to really relish drinking austere, tart, adamant Riesling to a degree that I - not somebody who considers 'lean' pejorative, mind you! - have trouble accepting. I re-tasted the 2007 Morstein alongside the 2010, and it's showing some interestingly fusil, smoky, sweaty, indeed downright animal aromatic development, while remaining firm but juicy.)

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Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Varietal: Riesling

Although they originated in Germany's beautiful Rhine Valley, the Riesling grape soon spread around the world, where it thrives in many countries with a colder climate which can support this pale and unique grapes. Riesling grapes are considered one of the finest varietals on earth, capable of expressing fascinating features of the soil type they are grown on, resulting in some highly interesting wines with plenty to offer those who are looking for something different. Riesling grapes are also noted for their aromas, which tend to be highly perfumed, floral and often with smoky notes accentuating their unusual flavor Because this was always the predominant grape grown in Germany and other such countries, Riesling wineries have always been keen to experiment with its range. This has resulted in dry white wines, sparkling wines, semi sweet wines and several others, but the finest examples are usually considered to be the Riesling dessert wines. These are occasionally made with unusual processes, including the 'eiswine' method, in which the grapes are allowed to freeze in the early frosts, or by allowing the development of 'noble rot', which withers the grapes and results in some truly spectacular and unusual flavors.

Region: Rheingau / Rheinhessen

Near the fertile banks of the mighty Rhine river, the beautiful German region of Rheingau has long been considered one of the finest regions in all of Germany for viticulture, and has a wine making history which stretches back to the 10th century. As such, the wineries of Rheingau have generations of experience and expertise when it comes to making the most of the grape varietals which flourish on the south facing valley sides, and are capable of producing white wines of extraordinary character and distinction. Over seventy percent of the wines produced in Rheingau are made with the dry and crisp Riesling grapes, much loved for their delicate flavors and ability to express the best features of their wonderful, windswept terroir. However, more and more wineries are beginning to plant Pinot Noir grapes, and several others in order to expand their portfolio.

Country: Germany

If German wine has had something of a bad reputation in the past, it may well be the fault of the fact that for a long time now, the Germans have simply kept all the best produce to themselves. Visit any town or village in wine producing regions of Germany, and you'll be faced with a stunning array of extremely high quality wines, each matched with local dishes and full of distinct character and flavor. As white wine production makes up for about two-thirds of all Germany's wine industry, this is by far the most visible and widely enjoyed type of wine, but one should not overlook the quality and range of rosé and red wines on offer from this fascinating country. In particular, the Spatburgunder wines (the German name for Pinot Noir) are generally of an exceptionally high quality, being full of dark, intense hedgerow fruit flavors and exciting spicy notes with a silky smooth finish.