ZillikenSaarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2018 (Half Bottle)Product code: 12644
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Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel is a premium German wine that is considered to be one of the finest expressions of the Riesling grape. This wine is made from grapes that are grown on steep, slate slopes in the Saar region of Germany, which creates a distinct minerality and acidity in the wine. The grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is fermented for a long period of time in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity of the fruit. The resulting wine is beautifully balanced, with rich aromas of ripe peaches, honey, and apricots, followed by a crisp, refreshing acidity and a long, elegant finish. Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel is an excellent wine to enjoy with spicy cuisine or as a dessert wine.
All the intensity and wonder of the Auslese, and then some. Deep, honeyed aromas of dried pineapple and dripping passion fruit are accented with orange blossom and wild mint. Each of the thousand flavors swirls on the dynamic palate, simulating the experience of trying to view a Monet painting from up-close. Yet, the real magic only happens when you step back and take it in as a wonderful, beautiful whole. Despite the lushness, it achieves a wonderful lightness and quiet, timeless beauty.
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.