Zehnthof Luckert Maustal Riesling GG 2018
Maustal is an amphitheater on the main slopes south of Sulzfeld. South-southeast orientation, i.e. morning sun, but no evening heat, as in Burgundy. In addition, poor shell limestone soil and old vines. Certified organic vineyard work. Spontaneous fermentation and maturation on the full yeast in the traditional double piece barrel made of Spessarteiche. Similar to the Silvaner GG from the Maustal, the Riesling Große Gewächs is currently rather discreet, is exercising in noble, slightly white-fruity restraint. We have some Nashi pear, lime zest and lemongrass, but overall the Maustal is still rather silent about the fruit. The entire nose picture is nevertheless very elegant, finely sanded and pure-toned, although still somewhat characterized by the spontaneous fermentation in the wood and the malo. But we have no smell of wood. The start on the palate is then typically Riesling somewhat more expressive than with the very straightforward Silvaner, pear and white peach, lemon balm, a little green tea, fine herbaceous, herb-juicy with a fresh, but not aggressive acid structure that gives the middle section straightness and focus. This wine also captivates with its creamy texture and spacious feel, multi-layered and engaging, a few white flowers, light apples, this runs almost towards Viognier in terms of texture and yet shows the liveliness and the appearance of a Riesling. The end is characterized by a deep fruit, which is accompanied by delicate saltiness. A fine-grained flu lines the palate in the reverberation, white almonds, almost a little marzipan, lemongrass and the long reverberant, dense, creamy feel that never seems to be lavish. Franconia meets Burgundy meets North Rhône - idiosyncratic but also unique, what Luckerts bring in the bottle here. As the bottle matures, more and more grape varieties and layers become apparent and the signature of the winery takes a back seat.