"An enchanting fragrance combines floral and herbal notes with a scent of almost exotic fruit. Soft and creamy on the palate to start with, the acidity eventually makes its refreshing presence felt but the true attraction is a pronounced aromatic expression with ripe peach sharing the honours with zesty citrus fruit and a delightful notion of dried herbs on the finish. Very seductive and animating style of Riesling trocken. 17/20 points. (MS)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
Burg Ravensburg, in the village of Sulzfeld, north-west of Stuttgart and not far from the fabled university town of Heidelberg, in the extreme north of Baden, has a documented history going back to 1251, making it one of Germany’s oldest estates. Heitlinger, by contrast, is a modern estate a few kilometers north in the village of Tiefenbach that was rescued from bankruptcy a few years ago by Heinz Heiler, a great wine-enthusiast and owner of a beautiful golf-course across the way. Today, it also boasts a hotel, one of the top restaurants of the region and a first-class facility where the wines of both estates are made and aged. Herr Heiler had the great wisdom to hire as his General Manager a man called Claus Burmeister, who actually grew up on the Burg Ravensburg estate and is utterly steeped in the region. Soft- spoken but intense, Claus has lifted his two estates to the absolute summit of Baden wines, enjoying a degree of success in the press and at wine competitions without compare. They own 80% of the vineyards entitled to Grosses Gewächs status in the Kraichgau and Claus displays a mastery of different idioms that is quite remarkable. This estate can also claim to be the largest in Germany that is certified organic. They have also adopted a number of bio-dynamic practices. Their ability to offer a comprehensive range of wines on a large scale and at an elevated quality level is reminiscent of Austrian estates like Bründlmayer and Schloss Gobelsburg. The reasonableness of the prices is striking. Riesling is a big deal in the Kraichgau and Ortenau, the two most northerly sub-districts of Baden. This superb vintage offers just the latest in a long line of succulently aromatic, deftly poised and distinctively flavored that bely their “entry level” status. This is class in a glass!