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Schatzel Pettenthal Riesling Auslese 2015

Schatzel Pettenthal Riesling Auslese 2015

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"The 2015 Nierstein Pettenthal Riesling Auslese is a clear, intense and refreshing, very interesting Auslese. The wine is discreet in its fruit aromas and quite coolish on the stony, very smoky nose with biscuit flavors. Round, lush and piquant on the palate, this is pretty sweet, but also very mineral and refreshing Auslese. It has grip and structure, though it doesn't seem as elaborated than the Gunderloch Rothenberg or the Kühling-Gillot Pettenthal at this early stage. However, the wine is concentrated and reveals a persistent grip. Drink: 2020-2035. 91+ 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)