Quite big for a small-scale wine

I am ashamed to admit this is the first 2005 German wine I have tried. I’d heard it was a good vintage, and this wine seems to bear that out. It was nine pounds from Sainsbury’s supermarket; a bargain! The winemaker is another lovely chap, and quite dissolute too.

Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett 2005. Dr. Loosen

This smells very ripe and peachy. There is also some slatey minerality on the nose. This really smells quite big for a Kabinett. The palate is surprisingly sweet and dense, but it is not heavy. The acidity is really very good and lively. It has a good long finish of slate and peachy fruit. This is a perfectly balanced Kabinett from what is obviously a ripe, and seemingly good, vintage. Yummy.