Reinhold Haart, Wintricher Ohligsberg, Riesling Großes Gewächs, 2007

Reinhold Haart, Wintricher Ohligsberg, Riesling Großes Gewächs, 2007

Light, clean colour. Just seconds after the cork comes out of the bottle, your nose tells you that this (dry) wine is a little different from the sweet Haarts. The mineral is more steely, focused, with light melon, fresh acidity, less herbs than usual.

In the mouth, again steely with a sharp edge, lots of sharp acidity, very clear and quite elegant, with some melon and green fruit (and I could have sworn there were coffee beans at some point, while C recognised strawberries).

This dry GG keeps some of the light, elegant features of the fruity Haarts, but combines them with dry acidity punch and a more steely, uncompromising mineral core. For a top class wine of this type I probably opened it at least a couple of years too early, presenting itself a little more austere, but it was already very enjoyable and went nicely with both the parsnip and apple soup for lunch and the melon risotto for dinner.


Submitted by Vimpressionniste Thursday, 10/03/2011

Wow... amazing that we both refer to the wine as being "uncompromising"! Not a tasting term I use very often, so it must be true if we both felt it :)

Submitted by torsten Thursday, 10/03/2011

In reply to by Vimpressionniste

Actually, I think I almost had not used it for this wine - for me it was mostly in comparison to the sweet Haart wines. I don't want to say that the sweet wines are boring in an way or average, quite the opposite actually, but they are always pure joy and accessible. This one, my first dry Haart, was different and, well, just uncompromising. It should be interesting to try one in a couple of years. Sadly, they only make a few of them and I doubt we will be able to find one... Glad you enjoyed yours, Didier.

Submitted by torsten Friday, 11/03/2011

In reply to by Vimpressionniste

The number of jokes is almost limitless. There is the 80s tv show "Hart to Hart", of course, you may agree that "home is where the Haart is", complain when someone is a Haart-less bastard or you may even find some other wine "Haart to stomach". And then of course it is always better to be a looking at a "lonely Haart" than to have no wine at all.

Submitted by Julian Friday, 11/03/2011

In reply to by torsten

Please don't tell me that you just blew out the very best Haart puns in just one comment.

Submitted by Alex Sunday, 27/03/2011

In reply to by Vimpressionniste

Didier, you're such a wine-perv! :P
BTW, finally some Haart wines entered my cellar. Saw a 2006 Auslese "Schnäppchen" and just had to snap it. Greets

Submitted by torsten Sunday, 27/03/2011

In reply to by Alex

Interesting! I will be looking forward to reading about the Haart; so far the Spätlesen have vowed me more, apart from the really old wines, so I am curious how you will find it.