The 2020er Neuenberg N°17, as it is referred to in the central part of the label, comes from this prime Lieu-Dit forming the south-southwest facing, central part of the original Kupp hill (at the foot of the hill), and was fermented down to off-dry levels of residual sugar (16 g/l). It offers a finely and deeply complex and reductive nose of herbs, lemon, lime tree, anise, grapefruit, orange blossom, and grilled spices. The wine starts off on the fruity and slightly juicy side, but develops more finesse and focus as it unfolds on the palate and leaves a smooth and creamy feel in the light-footed yet persistent finish. It is only after some extensive airing (think here days rather than hours), that the wine develops a new dimension of complexity and finesse on the palate. This stunning off-dry Riesling will need a couple of years to integrate its sweetness and fully deliver on its potential.
- Vom Boden