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Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg 2010, Riesling “Quarzit”, Weingut Hexamer ($21.65, 11885684)
As far as I know, this is the first Hexamer wine offered in Quebec and also the first product brought in by a new agent, Roland Bambach, a caterer and chef-for-hire whose wine portfolio appears to consist solely of this estate’s products. Based in Meddersheim in the Nahe region, Harald Hexamer believes wines are made in the vineyard, not the winery. This 100% Riesling comes from a plot in the Rheingrafenberg vineyard that is almost pure quartzite. The grapes are manually harvested, whole cluster pressed and fermented cold. The wine sees only stainless steel. Screwcapped. 10.5% ABV.
Beautiful wafting nose: lime zest, lemon verbena, linden blossom, quartz. Faint carbon dioxide tingle. The texture is rich, even luscious texture yet the wine is barely off-dry. Peach joins the expected citrus while piquant acidity adds a rhubarb-like tang. Long finish. Not a lot of layers here but as the fruit fades it reveals a plane of chalky quartz and leaves a faint sourness that erases any memory of residual sugar. If anything, the wine was even more impressive the next day. It may not have the dazzle of an MSR but its weight, wininess and subdued aromatics probably make it even more versatile with food. (Buy again? Definitely.)

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Written by carswell

June 15, 2013 at 13:15

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