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Reinhold Haart, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Riesling Auslese, 2008

Cool mineral, herbs and peach - whenever I hear these words I have to think of the bouquet of the Rieslings Theo Haart produces from grapes grown in the famous Goldtröpfchen vineyard at the Mosel. This wine is no exception, it just adds tropical fruit and a hint of citrus to the mix, plus aromas of rubber balls and a faint hint of vegetable, identified as broccoli by my friend Bethan. For a wine of Auslese quality it is still relatively young, so maybe give it some decanter love to allow it to develop properly.

Especially if you give the wine a little time your tongue will encounter a sweet and juicy Riesling that features well defined fruit (most notably peach and juicy melon), elegant acidity and some substance. It is not one of the super sweet Auslese wines though, but its smoothness will make it run down your throat quite easily, spreading sweet mineral all around in a good finish. Probably best to give the Riesling a few years more so that you can enjoy it in all its glory.

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