Get to know: Karthäuserhof, Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Spatlese 2011
A very fine Mosel Spätlese Riesling that is incredibly fresh despite over 10 years of maturity. The colour in the glass is pale lemon and it has aromas of green apple, a touch of lime and a littel honey. On the palate there is great acidity and a touch of richness with more of the light honey too but still pretty fresh with a touch of steely minerality. This is drinking well and is beautifully balanced.
Enjoy now or cellar for a further 10 years.
93 points Wine Spectator (04/2013)
"Maintains a fine balance between the luscious apple and ripe grapefruit flavors, backed by plenty of fresh acidity. Gains power midpalate, with a finish of tarragon and cream. Excellent focus. Drink now through 2038."
Jancis Robinson (04/2012)
"The texture of this puts other Rieslings in this Wine Society tasting to shame. Medium dry rather than medium sweet and a wine that would make a delightful aperitif or anytime sipping wine. Already chock full of charm."
The historic Karthäuserhof estate is just before the confluence of the Ruwer and Mosel rivers, nestled along a side valley adjacent to the small village of Eitelsbach. While winemaking here dates back to Roman times, most consider the “official” founding of the estate as we know it to be 1335—when Balduin, the Archbishop and Elector of Trier, gave the vineyards to The Carthusians monks, calling it the “Farm of the Carthusians,” or Karthäuserhof in German.
For a long time, Karthäuserhof was a single-vineyard Ruwer estate that made wines exclusively from the Karthäuserhofberg vineyard. The 19 hectares (47 acres) here are planted almost entirely to Riesling. Recently other vineyards have been strategically added to the estate in Waldrach (monopole Laurentiusberg) and Mertesdorf (Herrenberg). Today, the estate totals over 28 hectares (69 hectares) of vineyards.