Tasting Note: Zilliken 2002 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese


1. Introduction:
Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken is a family business for 11 generations producing wine in Saarburg, on the banks of the river Saar in Germany´s Mosel appellation, since 1742.
In this relatively cool area, where long growing seasons create wines with depth and complexity, Zilliken cultivates Riesling exclusively.
Today´s 2002 Saarburger Rausch Spaetlese comes from their flagship vineyard site:
Saarburger Rausch, where Riesling vines root deep in Devonian slate soils with embedded volcanic rock.
Our bottle and cork are flawless. 8% alc.

2. Appearance:
Delicate Golden Yellow.
Bright and vital with no signs of aging.

3. Nose:
Still dominated by fruit aromatics of Citrus and Stone Fruit, but with traces of aging in exciting Petrol and Green Tea characteristics.
Interesting Smoky Minerality, Honey and traces of Lilac.
Finely spun layers of great complexity. Beautiful!

4. Taste:
Delicious play of Stone Fruit, Ripe Apples and Pieplant with powerful, but filigree Minerality and reluctant Herbal Spiciness.
Light as a feather and smooth on the palate, but with great flavor depth and an intriguing interaction of sweetness and fine acidity.
Finishes long and creamy with Yellow Fruit, Minerality and decent Spiciness.
Amazing harmony, finesse and complexity!

5. Opinion:
An elegant and fascinating wine combining great complexity and flavor depth in a superfine body with filigree minerality and finest, dancing acidity.
This Spätlese is very enjoyable now and shows first typical signs of aged Riesling, but still has a great future ahead!

Zilliken´s deep, humid & cool cellar provides perfect storage conditions for a large stock of back vintage wines.