A 2017 von Hövel Riesling Offer

Mosel Riesling, one of our favourite festive season wines, made by the brilliant Saar-based von Hövel estate. And they’re all from the lauded 2017 vintage. So what’s all the fuss about?

“The wines completely transcend the intensity of the vintage and deliver the vintage’s amazing aromatic purity and balance with the light-footed, mouthwatering zest that has made the success of the von Hövel Estate over the years. The Kabinett wines are juicy, the Spätlese elegant and playful and the Auslese rich yet mouthwatering. Some wines may seem “light” when compared to more intense wines made by others. But trust us on this one: In 10 years, you will be glad to have some of these superb babies in your cellar”. – Mosel Fine Wines

Alongside this report, it’s a combination of roots dating back to the 1800s; organic, mostly all slate-derived, sites; and a large proportion of mature, 100-year-old-plus vines that make von Hövel a truly special winery. We’re pleased to offer the following (notes from Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 41, June 2018):

2017 von Hövel Saar Riesling Kabinett, $48 (Magnum, $106)
The wine proves beautifully playful on the palate and leaves a long and engaging feel of chalky minerals, white flowers and delicately smooth pear in the long and fruity finish. The after-taste is all about mouthwatering pear sorbet. 2022-2032

2017 von Hövel Oberemmel Hütte Riesling Kabinett, $62
This offers a beautifully fresh nose of lime, gooseberry, cassis, under-ripe passion fruit, green herbs and still loads of smoky slate. A sharp whiff of acidity whips up the racy aromatics driven by lime, chalky minerals and passion fruit on the focused palate. The finish is all about racy acidity, minty herbs and a great soothing touch of creamy passion fruit. 2027-2042, 93 points

2017 von Hövel Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett, $74 (Magnum, $158)
It takes a few minutes before a most beautiful and telltale nose of white peach, white flowers, mint and plenty of chalky minerals, blended into elements of smoky slate to perfection. While it does have the presence of a light Spätlese, the wine remains light-footed and completely elegant right into the apricot blossom infused finish and leaves one with a superbly airy, delicately fruity and mineral feel in the aftertaste. 2027-2042, 94 points.

2017 von Hövel Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese, $94
The 2017er Scharzhofberger Spätlese was harvested at a rather full 95° Oechsle and yet it offers a gorgeous nose of white peach, Mirabelle cream, starfruit, cassis, elderflower and fine herbs. The wine develops the beautifully gorgeous tension between zesty ripe acidity and creamy gooseberry. The finish is simply pure and incredibly engaging. This is highly recommended. 2027-2042, 94 Points

2017 von Hövel Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese, $138
It offers a gorgeously reduced nose where residual scents from spontaneous fermentation give way to beautiful notes of pear, vineyard peach, coconut, passion fruit cream, herbs and fine spices. This wine only hints more than underlines its “Auslese GK” style on the palate, where gooseberry, passion fruit and coconut are joined by some honeyed elements and some flavours of fresh apricot. What a beauty! 2027-2047, 94 Pinots

2017 von Hövel Scharzhofberger ‘Fuder 48’ Riesling Auslese, $182
80-year-old vines located right next to Egon Muller’s. It offers a gorgeous nose of gooseberry, cassis, passion fruit and herbal elements, all enhanced by a fleeting touch of creamy Pina Colada. Despite being technically almost a Beerenauslese, the wine remains beautifully playful and engaging on the palate. 2027-2042, 95 points

2017 von Hövel Scharzhofberger Riesling GG, $142
This is the best dry wine that I have ever made” proclaimed Max as he poured this for tasting. This is fruity, with some white nectarine, fresh lime juice, hints of fresh herbs and white pepper, yet it has some ripe characteristics too. Altogether different to Max’s previous dry wines. This will live for a long time with it’s good acid level and the low pH of the vintage, but it’s not a searing, drying acid bomb that the Mosel region can some times produce.

Mosel, prices as marked.
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