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Schatzel Riesling 2015

Schatzel Riesling 2015

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"Schätzel's citrus and stony-flavored 2015 Riesling is clear, straight, pure and piquant on the palate, really light, but seriously structured. It reveals a stimulating and endless salty finish. This is an electrifying Riesling à la Saar or Tim Fröhlich's Nahe, with moderate 11% alcohol. The finish is long and has such a stimulating grip that I can't stop tasting this wine. A miracle. Certainly a Must Have and respectively a Must Drink. Drink: 2016-2021. 90 points

Cultivating 12 organic hectares of vines in Nierstein, Kai Schätze has been one of the shooting stars of the Rheinhessen in the past few years. He has been VDP member since 2016 and focuses mainly on the classics, Riesling and Silvaner. Schätzel presents a very unique wine style; he aims for pure and refreshing wines, with true terroir character and does not accept any over-ripeness, botrytis or corrections in the old traditions of the cellar. He is one of the very few producers who starts, like Mathieu Kauffmann (von Buhl, Pfalz), harvesting very early—about 100 days after the flowering. Thus, you do not find any tropical fruit aromas in his wines, or something I would describe as powerful or charming. In fact—and due to their coolish, frisky, finessed, rather light and grippy character—they remind me of the old times, the pre global-warming years. Fermented in traditional oak vats and foudres, these wines probably won't win any blind tastings, but with a bit of maturity, Schätzel's Rieslings and even Sylvaners are perfect to drink and match with many kinds of food. Along with Reichsrat von Buhl (Pfalz), Schäzel is one of the most exciting and interesting new developments in German wine culture. You can't find better Kabinett Rieslings (well, Keller would be a rival) and the quality of the dry, entry-level Riesling is already spectacularly high. Riesling lovers have to check out this domaine, whose most prestigious Riesling is indeed a Kabinett from the Pettenthal grand cru."

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (226)