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2016 Wittmann Morstein Riesling Grosses Gewachs
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- ABV 12.5%
- Closure: Cork
Be prepared! This is the most closed of the 2016 Wittmann Grosses Gewächs, but it has extraordinary finesse. Then the fundamental power climbs out of the abyss and pushes the incredibly fine, chalky finish out towards infinity. Please wait until at least 2018, because this has enormous potential. No hurry! You can even hang on through 2050.
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com
I don’t get to drink enough of this Grosses Gewächs to be able to confidently declare a change in style, but the 2016 takes me by surprise with its abundance of aromatics and extreme ripeness. Apricot, peach and nectarine are just some of the fruits that ooze sweet juice on the palate, and a curvaceous body and creamy texture only serve to emphasise the generous expression of the vintage. But Wittmann’s Morstein does not just rely on big is beautiful, as it addssome fine spicy and mineral notes for sophistication.
Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com
The 2016 Morstein Riesling GG is super clear, fresh and intense but also pure, fine and chalky on the nose, indicating remarkable finesse and complexity. The attack on the palate is really fresh if not piquant, the wine pure, fresh and mineral, with almost no flesh but lots of salt and minerals as well as fine, juicy tannins. Still terribly young but precise and well-defined, this is an endlessly salty and stimulating Morstein for a long-distance run. Gorgeous and very promising in its finesse, elegance and purity. A classic from late-ripening grapes. Great, great finesse here and a very long, pure finish. There is 33% less Morstein than in a normal year due to strict selections in the vineyard and also in the cellar, where only the vats with the most persistent wines were chosen to become GG.
Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate #233 (Nov 2017)