Dominik Mueller

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2014 Wittmann Riesling trocken

Tasting note

2014 Weingut Wittmann Riesling trocken

Medium lemon colour. Lovely perfume of green apples, lime, white peach, and a floral aroma of blossoms. There's also a slightly creamy aspect to it. Lean and fresh on the palate with a high acidity and medium alcohol. Good tension, again fresh fruit flavours: Apples, lime, grapefruit. Not much in terms of tertiary aromas, suggesting this humble Gutswein (estate wine) still has some years to go. Very good!

Drink through 2029.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Sunday, 18 February 2024.

Ratings

Flawed?no
DM:
91Wines with a rating of DM91 to DM93 are exceptionally good. These are wines that are not just well-made but which have a character of their own that makes them stand out. These wines offer a level of complexity that we can spend a long time with if we want to. In WSET terms, wines with a DM91 rating tend to be at the lower end of a 3.0 WSET score.
/ 100
WSET:
3.0Wines with a 3.0 WSET rating are clearly 'very good' wines according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.0 usually get 91 to 92 DM points.
/ 4.0
Stars:
4Wines with a rating of 4 stars are excellent wines in their category. They are almost at the top of their peer group in terms of quality.

Jasper Morris of InsideBurgundy.com inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
/ 5

Wine details

Vintage:
2014A normal year in terms of quantity, measured against the long-term average, and mixed in terms of quality. The first half of the year was warm and dry in Rheinhessen. It was only towards the middle of the year that there was abundant rainfall, which compensated for the drought stress and promoted vine growth. Ambitious winegrowers did a lot of foliage work. However, the rain characterised the late summer. The threat of disease infestation in combination with the cherry vinegar fly, which also attacks grapes, presented winegrowers with challenges. Many were forced to harvest early or at least quickly in order to avert both threats. In some cases, it also rained heavily during the harvest. The top producers nevertheless achieved very good quality through selection.
Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Wittmann
Country:Germany
Region:Rheinhessen
Subregion:n/a
Appellation:n/a
Vineyard:n/a
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