Tesch Karthauser Riesling Spatlese Trocken 2006
Giving away very little on the nose at the moment, perhaps a little oily minerality as it opens up in the glass, combined with ripe citrus. On the palate, superb power and clarity. Firm but silky and very long. (JH) 12.5% maroon screwcap Drink 2008-15 18+/20 points Jancis Robinson
Weingut Tesch has been in business since 1723. Current owner, Hartmut Tesch, is working to develop environmentally sensitive winegrowing techniques that are not only earth-friendly, but improve the quality of the wine as well. Tesch uses natural methods of controlling pests and disease in its top vineyard sites. These vineyards are rated as "first-class" vineyards (comparable to premier cru in France) in Stuart Pigott and Hugh Johnson’s Wine Atlas of Germany.
As a member of the VDP, Germany’s region-by-region association of the top wine estates, Tesch uses single-vineyard designations on its Rieslings only. VDP membership also requires that all single-vineyard fruit be hand-picked, with higher ripeness and lower yields than what is allowed by the German wine law. In addition, the wines must be approved by a stringent, blind-tasting panel. Riesling Report - The Voice of Riesling
The name originates from a monastic estate located in Laubenheim. In the 13th century both the monastery and its vineyards were divided up between the Holy Order of St. Benedict of Trier and the Holy Carthusian (Karthäuser) Order of Mainz. However, the vineyards were not split exactly down the middle, but along the natural boundary formed by two different types of soil: Rotliegendes and Vulkanisches (volcanic soil).
The vineyard site on Rotliegendes soil was allocated to the Carthusian monks and was henceforth simply called Karthäuser. The site on volcanic soil was allocated to the Benedictine monks and subsequently bore the name of St. Remigiusberg.
Soil: Pure, red slate soil, commonly known as Rotliegendes. Rotliegendes evolved from debris resulting from the erosion and weathering of a mountain range in the Nahe region. The debris was deposited in the basin on the south flank of the mountain range.
Tesch is a family owned wine estate in the Nahe region in Southwest-Germany. The estate has been owned and run by the Tesch family since 1723, and is specializes in producing Riesling wines with a very specific and lively character. The estate endeavour to produce a wine that is not only excellent to drink, but is a perfect compliment for food. Tesch is ranked among the German top estates by national and international wine competitions.
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