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Domaine Schoffit, Riesling Harth 2016
Very classic scent with lemon marmalade, apple pie and white raisins. Well built, medium-bodied palate with velvety texture, lovely acidity and a dry, long finish with an aftertaste of wet gravel. A wine that stands out!
This Riesling goes through a very clean and non-interventionist winemaking process. The must ferments and ages in stainless steel tanks without added yeast.
The wine is then matured for a short time in stainless steel. This preserves the more fresh, delicate varietal aromas and flavours.
In the pantheon of great Alsatian winegrowers, Domaine Schoffit continues to maintain a somewhat confidential profile. We seem to share a rather similar natural disposition that renders us almost willingly inept when it comes to any form of active marketing. There is therefore a kind of mutual sympathy, I suspect, in our relationship. Having said that, we really would like to turn the volume up slightly with regard to their wines and bring them to the wider audience which they thoroughly deserve. It was the knowledge that they had vines on the exceptional grand cru site of Rangen in Thann that first spurred my interest here, whose steep south facing slope of volcanic soil really merits a mention in the same breath as any of the world’s greatest vineyard sites. It has an ability to produce a unique expression from any of the grapes grown there with the character of the actual ‘terroir’ always seeming to dominate that of the mere grape variety, thus achieving the goal of real originality that we look for from the world’s greatest wines.
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