Popped over to spend a very pleasant evening with Daniel Primack, who among other things established Zalto in the UK, to the eternal debt of serious wine lovers across the nation. We had a few lovely wines, including this pair. The Meinklang is a beautiful wine: not perfect, but with immense charm and an astonishing texture. And the Thörle was drinking at its peak. We had it with very good fish and chips, and watched music videos.
Meinklang Konkret Rot 2012 Burgenland, Austria
13% alcohol. This is a varietal Saint Laurent, fermented and aged in 900 litre concrete eggs for 12 months. It’s aromatic and floral with lifted raspberry and cranberry fruit. So floral and focused, with a little bit of sweetness from the subtly elevated volatile acidity. The palate has amazing texture and concentration of smooth, sweet black cherry and blackberry fruit. Concentrated and quite profound, with purity and texture, and a grainy, mineral, slightly chalky edge. 95/100
Thörle Saulheimer Hölle Riesling Trocken 2011 Rheinhessen, Germany
13.5% alcohol. I’ve tasted this single-vineyard Riesling before and loved it. This time, it didn’t disappoint. Rich, powerful, spicy and delicious with some marmalade, melon, lemon and tangerine notes. Powerful and complex with a touch of apricot on the finish, as well as some crystalline fruits. Nice acidity. 94/100
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