A Burgerspital duo

It was fortuitous that two Burgerspital wines from the same vintage were opened this week (the glass shown in the photo contains the Kabinett).

Burgerspital is a large winery with an easily-accessible shopfront based in Wurzburg (Franconia, Germany). It has a very extensive wine list, with some museum curios available for purchase. Its wines are very clean, with plenty of highlights! Franconia has many wineries, although its speciality is probably its flavoursome Sylvaners, with Riesling also widely planted.  The dumpy-shaped bottle is the bocksbeutel, but notice that tradition doesn’t run totally rampant; a screwcap seals the more expensive bottle here. A range of dry and sweet styles are made, with minimal importer enthusiasm evident by the invisibility of this area’s wines, at least in Australia.


burgerspital duo

2011 Riesling Pfaffenheim Kabinett 12%
A decent cork has helped- this wine has a  bright light gold colour, and shows some restrained mango, waxiness and varietally correct scents (but is relatively dry-tasting). It has light clean flavours, and a touch of phenolics. This wine seems to be drying out, and my advice is to drink up while it retains vitality,

Drink to 2021, and 87 points.

2011 Riesling Stein-harfe Spatlese 9%
It seem that I reviewed this wine in late 2015; notes etc turned out to be similar!

Pale gold colour, this wine is fresh and decadent; ripe tropical fruits abound – mango, passionfruit and nectarine; the palate displays bright citrus fruits, yellow honey, and is an excellent blend of sweetness and fresh acidity. This wine is drinking magnificently right now.

Drink to 2025, and 92 points



2008 Burgerspital Rieslaner Randersacker pfulben Auslese 9%

A cross between Riesling and Sylvaner, it’s a late-ripening  high acid variety, producing very good results with botrytis.

Another Franken area bocksbeutle, this time under cork.

burger 2008

Clear, bright light gold in colour, it has pungent tropical aromas – mainly mango, with some green fruit overlay – melon-rind. The palate leans more to pineapple and golden delicious apples, with abundant refreshing acidity. The texture is appropriately oily and syrupy.  An excellent dessert wine.

Drink now-2035, 93 points

2011 Burgerspital Wurzburger Stein-horfe Riesling spatlese 9%

From the Franken area of Germany, a bocksbeutle with a screwcap.

burgerspitalPale straw in colour, the wine exhibits exuberant aromas of mango, pineapple, lemon and other tropical fruits. The palate shows lemon sherbet, fruit-tingly acidity, plus some chalk and minerals. It’s a pure, driven wine that is crisp and delicious with lingering depth. Lovely balance and the degree of sweetness is just right. Very pleasurable.

Drink to 2025, score 91.