Another enjoyable wine from the upper Nahe in Germany. From Stephen Reinhardt‘s terrific reference book “The finest wines of Germany” comes the tribute that the family has “maintained parcels in the steepest sites…and restored a number of top parcels that had been abandoned for decades…since they were suitable neither for mechanisation nor for high yields”, ending with Werner Schonleber’s claim that “quality comes from torture”.
Fruhlingplazchen translates as “Spring’s little place” and is mainly blue slate.
This wine is a deep gold colour, exhibiting ripe apricot, yellow peach skin, and quince aromas. The palate is unctuous and honeyed, with a touch of tropical pineapple, plus cinnamon spiciness. There is a strong line of mineral and a delicious persistence. Notes from the importer reveal the wine has 113 g/l of residual sugar, in balance with its acidity. Altogether lovely.
From the half-bottle, drink to 2023 and 94 points.
2 thoughts on “2007 Emrich-Schonleber Monziger Fruhlingplatzchen Riesling Auslese #17 9%”
Just had the Spatlese of this the other day and it was utterly delicious: potentially with some upside in the cellar, but probably more now in a delightful plateau of drinkability where added time won’t see it tire, yet may not necessarily see any great added gains? Sadly; not a producer that I come across often and consequently, I have no more recent vintages in the cellar.
Take the sure bet of drinking their excellent spatleses of around 10 years, and we can try a few Halenbergs when we catch up!