We are told that this is a wine of auslese ripeness, selected from the best parts of the vineyard, fermented until it is off-dry. It is quite a nice drink, but I am not entirely convinced.
Riesling Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Qba ‘Superior’ 2007, von Schubert
This has a lovely, detailed nose of peachy fruit and a fantastic stoniness. It is one of the most mineral wines I have smelled in a while. We like this. It is bursting with life and smells like it is going to taste quite delicious. There is certainly nice fruit on the palate, really good acidity and a great mineral tang, but somehow I feel the harmony is not quite there. It has some sweetness, but not quite enough. I also think it lacks a bit of body and weight, which I would expect from an auslese fermented this dry. Moreover, it is a bit short. You can drink it with pleasure, but it just misses a few marks to be the kind of thing you’d want to drink regularly. They are odd things, these German dry-ish wines; sometimes they work really well, but really I prefer the sweeties.
The partner thinks I am being unduly picky about this wine, obviously I disagree. I think he is saying that because he purchased half a case. It’ll be really interesting to see how these style wines age.