2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Riesling Trocken

2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Riesling Trocken

91 Points John Caro
2018 Willi Schaefer Graacher Riesling Trocken
91 Points John Caro

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A beautiful and refined dry Riesling from German legend, Willi Schaefer. The Trocken offers a great deal of the focus and steely minerality of Schaefer's wonderful upper level wines, along with beautiful definition of myriad subtle fruit. Weighty and driving yet dry and refreshing, this wine has the Willi Schaefer X factor. Stocks are limited of this outstanding vintage -- at this price it will fly.

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$35.99 in mixed 6+ or $39.99 per bottle




Its Origins

For many tasters, these are the Ne Plus Ultra of Mosel wine, and they have attracted an almost religious following. This small 4 hectare Mosel wine estate commands a well deserved reputation for producing consistently excellent, fine wines. The philosophy of Willi Schaefer and his son, Christoph, is simple – they aim to make their wines as gently as possible, treating the fruit, must and resultant wines with respect. As such, all their wines are treated in exactly the same way in the vineyard and the winery, from QbA to QmP. In the vineyard there is a meticulous attention to detail and all practices are carried out by hand. The emphasis is placed on healthy, balanced vines producing healthy, balanced fruit. The personality of the vineyards comes through the final wine with clarity and precision. In Himmelreich the fruit is to the forefront and the minerality is less overt, so the wines usually convey a sense of accessibility and immediate pleasure. That said they are no slouches when it comes to ageing capacity. The Domprobst displays more overt slate notes, with earthy minerality dominating and a more obviously linear form that clearly needs time to show its full potential. These opposing vinous characters owe their personalities to the soils on which they are grown. The deep, grey-blue Devonian slate soil that they share embodies subtle differences at each site. In Himmelreich it is lighter in texture and structure, whereas in Domprobst there is more shale and stone.

What The Critics Say

90/100 View From the Cellar, John Gillman

"The 2018 Graacher Riesling Trocken from Weingut Schaefer is really a lovely wine and will drink well from a young age, but also evolve beautifully with extended cellaring. The bouquet offers up a lovely, complex nose of tart orange, grapefruit, a lovely base of slate, citrus peel and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is medium-full, complex and vibrant, with a good core, fine mineral drive, bright, ripe acids and lovely length and grip on the well- balanced and zesty finish. Good juice." Drink 2019 - 2040+

91/100 Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)

"Complex notes of bee pollen, saffron and caramel lend nuance to zesty apple and citrus peel aromas on this dry-style Riesling. It's a richly concentrated yet invigoratingly crisp wine marked by sun-kissed tangerine and lime flavors. The finish lingers long, accentuated by layers of crushed chalk and slate."

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  • Volume

    750 ml

  • Maturity

    2019 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK



Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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