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    Georg Breuer 'Nonnenberg' Riesling 2013

    Georg Breuer 'Nonnenberg' Riesling 2013

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    This grand cru site is owned exclusively by the Georg Breuer estate. It's named after the nuns of the Abbey Tiefenthal. The Nonnenberg soil benefits from a combination of stony phyllite, loess and loam. The vineyard gives wines with full body and racy acidity which are capable of long ageing.
    Youthful bright colour with fine aromas of tropical fruit and a spicy touch of minerality. On the palate it's dry and round, balanced by fresh acidity and characters of passion fruit and oranges restrained by its pure youth. Needs time to develop.

    Producer

    Georg Breuer was founded in 1880 by Peter Breuer, partner of the venerable German wine shipping firm Scholl & Hillebrand. It then passed to Peter's son Georg and then grandsons Bernhard and Heinrich upon Georg's death in 1978. The shipping firm was sold and during the 1980s and 1990s Bernhard and Heinrich carefully expanded the vineyard estate from 20 acres to its present 60 acres in the steepest, most well-drained vineyards of the Rheingau communes of Rüdesheim and Rauenthal. Bernhard Breuer was highly regarded internationally and worked tirelessly in defence of German viticultural integrity, earning credit for restoring Riesling's respectability in world markets and writing authoritative books on Germany's wine regions. Nowadays it's Bernhard's daughter Theresa who, alongside Hermann Schmoranz, honours her father's memory by faithfully living up to his ideals. Production follows a strict terroir-based hierarchy for the production of elegant, naturally dry wines made from healthy Riesling grapes, right up to Breuer's flagship crus: Rüdesheim Berg Schlossberg and the 12.5-acre monopole, Rauenthal Nonnenberg.

    Region

    The Rheingau is one of the most distinguished wine regions of the world. Moving from east to west, the fairly flat, dimpled landscape evolves into progressively steep slopes. It is a quietly beautiful region, rich in tradition. Early on, its medieval ecclesiastical and aristocratic wine-growers were associated with the noble Riesling grape and, in the 18th century, were credited for recognizing of the value of harvesting the crop at various stages of ripeness from which the Prädikate, or special attributes that denote wines of superior quality, evolved. Queen Victoria's enthusiasm for Hochheim's wines contributed to their popularity in England, where they, and ultimately, Rhine wines in general, were referred to as Hock. Two grape varieties predominate: the Riesling and the Spätburgunder. The former yields elegant wines with a refined and sometimes spicy fragrance; a fruity, pronounced acidity; and a rich flavor. The Spätburgunder wines are velvety and medium- to full-bodied, with a bouquet and taste often compared with blackberries.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      Drinking well now, will keep.
    • Varieties

      Riesling
    • Vintage

      2013
    • Alcohol Content

      12%
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (2)

    Stephan Reinhardt

    92 points | October 2014

    The 2013 Rauenthaler Nonnenberg Riesling comes from the monopole site of Georg Breuer. This citrus colored and flavored Riesling is pure and fresh on the nose but also less ripe than the Rüdesheim crus. The palate is crisp, piquant and salty, very pure and almost austere and marked by a searing acidity. This firmly structured wine has nevertheless potential to age for a decade but needs some years to open up.

    The 2013 Rauenthaler Nonnenberg Riesling comes from the monopole site of Georg Breuer. This citrus colored and flavored Riesling is pure and fresh on the nose but also less ripe than the Rüdesheim crus. The palate is crisp, piquant and salty, very pure and almost austere and marked by a searing acidity. This firmly structured wine has nevertheless potential to age for a decade but needs some years to open up.

    Joel B. Payne

    92 points | March 2015

    Discreet aromas of white peach, acacia blossom and smoked almond. Glossy, dense nectarine fruit is animated by sweet herbal inflections. The wine's sheer depth and spicy juiciness ensure an impressively long finish. This dry Riesling boasts noteworthy poise and potential.

    Discreet aromas of white peach, acacia blossom and smoked almond. Glossy, dense nectarine fruit is animated by sweet herbal inflections. The wine's sheer depth and spicy juiciness ensure an impressively long finish. This dry Riesling boasts noteworthy poise and potential.

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