ZillikenSaarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese 2019Product code: 12641
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Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese is one of the finest German Rieslings showcasing the complex flavors of Saarburger Rausch vineyard. The wine is made from mature Riesling grapes that are picked at the precise moment of ripeness to attain the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. This Auslese is a pale gold wine with floral, peach, and apricot aromas, followed by honey and mineral notes. The palate is well-structured with a luscious sweetness, intertwined with a vibrant acidity. The sweetness is exceptionally well balanced, never overwhelming the wine's drinkability. Overall, Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese is a perfect reflection of the mastery of the Zilliken winery.
The bouquet is reminiscent of grapefruit, pineapple, orange blossom, and slate. The taste of this Auslese, which finishes with a fine raisin aroma, is very dense, creamy, and tropical. The complexity is balanced by a lively, weightless finish. The wine’s ripe acidity presents itself as invigorating and fresh in order to achieve a radiant brilliance. This Auslese is already enjoyable at a young age but shows its full potential with more maturity (10+ years).
About the Winery
The history of Zilliken begins with the traces and roots of the Zilliken family and continues to do so to date. The family’s vine-growing and wine-making past goes back as early as 1742. It starts with the early generations working selflessly in Ockfen and Saarburg.
However, the groundwork and foundation of the grand estates in the regions of Mosel and Saar got laid by Ferdinand Geltz, a Royal Prussian Forest Superintendent. He was the co-founder of an organisation named Vereins der Naturweinversteigerer Großer Ring. Today, it goes by the name of VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. The organisation raised the fame of superior unchaptalised wines and promoted their sale in the international and domestic markets. It was responsible for making Rieslings a world-famous name.
After Ferdinand Geltz’s death, his vineyards got divided between Ella and Antionette, his two daughters. The Forstmeister Geltz estate later changed its name to Forstmeister Geltz Krick to honour the demise of Antionette’s husband. In the next generation, Henriette and Marianne, Ella’s two daughters, received ownership of their share of the land and property. In 1944, the estate and its cellar got severely damaged in a bombing raid. However, Marianne remained determined to preserve and continue the family’s wine-growing history and tradition. In 1947, she tied the knot with Fritz Zilliken and changed the estate’s name to Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken. They purchased a cellar in 1950; it still serves as the core of the winery’s operation.
Zilliken works while respecting nature and its characteristics. The winery believes that slow ripening and maturation are the keys to producing excellent, aromatic wines. Thus, it does not interfere much with the vineyards, allowing the region’s cool climate to work wonders. On top of that, the area’s steep slopes and superior soil allow the planted grapevines to grow healthy and with sweet, plump fruits.