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Timo Olavi

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Recurrent off-note in German Riesling from the 2014 vintage

by Timo Olavi » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:15 pm

It wasn't until this spring that I realised there was something aloof with the 2014 vintage in Germany, but since then I've experienced this same off-putting note in a few too many German Rieslings, though astonishingly it seems to be limited to just this vintage. Today after having the similarly afflicted but still thankfully quite scrumptious Günther Steinmetz Dhroner Hofberg 'GD' I finally had a brain wave and linked it to a previously experienced aroma which is that dull and slightly rancid note of an empty and corkless wine bottle forgotten in the cupboard for a couple weeks or more.

The best theory I had was that it might be because of the heavy botrytis (the less than noble kind) of the vintage, and after today it still makes sense as the botrytis-damaged berries in the vineyards would obviously be extremely susceptible to oxidation. However, the similarly wet 2013 vintage seems to be completely unafflicted by this flaw, so I'm not completely sure what to make of it.

Since my realisation I have naturally been rather wary of buying much more of the vintage, and I have kept close track of wines opened. Here are the wines I've noticed this flaw in so far, all limited to the 2014 vintage:

Günther Steinmetz Dhroner Hofberg Riesling 'GD'
Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Riesling Trocken
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Feinherb
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Trocken 'J'
Lubentiushof Gondorfer Gäns Riesling Trocken

And wines without:
BattenfeldSpanier Hohen-Sülzen Riesling Trocken
Weiser-Künstler Trabener Gaispfad Riesling Kabinett Trocken
Schwedhelm Schwarzer Herrgott Riesling Trocken
Schwedhelm Wotanfels Riesling Trocken
Kruger-Rumpf Münsterer Kapellenberg Riesling Trocken
Dreissigacker Bechtheimer Riesling Trocken

Anyone with similar experiences or maybe thoughts about possible causes?
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Re: Recurrent off-note in German Riesling from the 2014 vint

by David M. Bueker » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:26 pm

Well I know that there was some not so noble rot, but I bought so little 2014 that I have not had much chance to check. I’ll have to pull a few from my small stash to check.
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Re: Recurrent off-note in German Riesling from the 2014 vint

by Bob Parsons Alberta » Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:00 am

David has way more knowledge than me but I have not noticed any problem drinking my limited selection of `14s. Mainly Rheingau however.

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