2011 Scharzhofberger Pergentsknopp, Van Volxem

2011 Scharzhofberger Pergentsknopp, Van Volxem

White, Ready, but will keep   White | Ready, but will keep | Van Volxem | Code: 12204 | 2011 | Riesling | Medium Bodied, Dry | 12.0 % alcohol

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The Story

Van  Volxem

Producer

Van Volxem

Van Volxem is located at the centre of Wiltingen, the most celebrated commune of the Saar valley. Rising in the Vosges Mountains and joining the more famous Mosel near to Trier, the Saar River is home to some of the finest and most dramatic slate vineyards in Germany.

Located on the site of a Jesuit monastery, Van Volxem has been restored to former glories by the investment, initiative and flair of Roman Niewodniczanski. Standing tall at 2 metres 4 ( not far off 7 feet I reckon) and not without lofty ambitions, Roman is determined to make this the finest property in Germany. Ambitious indeed, but thus far he's threatening to fulfil all these ambitions. Eschewing the constraints of the Pradikat system, Roman is making late-harvest low yield vins de terroir, and making them very well indeed.

Grape

Riesling

Riesling

Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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