Prinz Salm Wallhauser Felseneck Estate Riesling Kabinett 2020, Nahe, Germany

Founded in 1200, the estate is now managed by Prince Felix zu Salm-Salm in the 32nd generation. It is the oldest family-owned estate in Germany and cultivates vineyard sites on the Nahe region as well as in Rheinhessen. Vintage report: Unsteady and yet outstanding – that describes the course of this year’s weather and vegetation. Rheingau had enough rainfall, never too much though. Still the Salm Team had to put in extra efforts in order to grow healthy grapes. The blossoming was late and went from mid to end June. A long period of ripening is one of the main characteristics this year. More like in the old days, the main harvest took place in the whole of October, finishing only in November. Most grapes had more than a 100 days ripening time on the vine. This will bring forward intensive, long-lasting and yet elegant wines. It’s a more classical vintage with great ripening levels and a fascinating acidity. Nose: vineyard peach, white pepper. Palate: Harmonious interplay of residual sugar and acidity, juicy acidity. Fermented in stainless steel.