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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Schloss Schönborn Feinherb Riesling 2010

An off-dry Riesling, the term Feinherb has been permitted on wine labels in Germany since 2000 as an acceptable alternative to Halbtrocken. Halbtrocken wines are permitted to have 10-18 g/l residual sugar (subject to total acid - but that's a discussion for elsewhere).

I purposely sought this style out to work with a Thai dish, the additional sugar working well with the spice of the cuisine. Aromatically showing honeysuckle, orange blossom, lemon sherbet all intermingled with some over-ripe pear. Tropical edged - all up it smells a little sweeter too.

The palate is open, loose and very generous; citrus driven with hints of honeydew melon. Shows its swetness well - and the thing to point out here is that it is not overtly sweet, it just isn't totally dry compared to the more familiar Australian styles.

Fine finish, good quality - gentle persistent length, lingering honey notes.  90 - Good
Source: Retail, Grand Central Cellars
Price: $23
Alcohol: 9%
Closure: Screwcap
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