To my taste, this is as good of a dry wine value as any that I have ever encountered……I immediately asked for it in both Magnum and 3L….!! Get what you can justify, and thank me later….! My note on the ’21: “This is plain stunningly good, filigree, super intense, linear, and precise. This is class in a glass, and as good as any vintage that I have tasted here…..!” A little * awarded here. Approximately 8 g/L acidity here, fwiw, and fairly bone dry at 2 g/L RS…..
With a vast majority culled from the remarkable porphyritic (a kind of volcanic rock) Heerkretz Grand cru, as well as some from the Höllberg Grand cru, this is what I consider their flagship “business card” bottling, a wine that stands as one of the most consistent and wildly overachieving values in the world of dry white wine. This stuff is always so impeccably balanced, almost filigree in its sense of fruit/mineral/acid interplay. Its track record speaks for itself, scoring 92-94 points in every vintage going back a decade+…..To my taste, and many many other folks who have already figured it out, this is as good as it gets for the money in world class dry Riesling, drinking more like a GG (Grosses Gewächs, aka Grand cru) than a simple villages wine……Oliver always presents this wine second in their range of villages wines, and says that this wine is more often appreciated by more advanced tasters, enjoying the salty mineral filigree qualities of the Heerkretz vineyard with a remarkable power meets finesse. To my taste and experience, this is a perennial standout in the world of fine wine, a GG at a village level price. It so very clearly exemplifies the virtues and house style of the entire Wagner Stempel production, available in good quantity; in just a word from Oliver: The Business Card.
“Deep and very subtle nose with great wild-flower and herb aromas pulls you into this extraordinarily concentrated and refined dry riesling for the village-wine category. In spite of the juiciness on the mid-palate, it’s only just beginning to open up. Breathtaking finish with enormous mineral freshness! From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” 95 Stuart Piggott for the 2020, NOT THE 2021 OFFERED HERE