A touch of smoke, freshly brewed Darjeeling and candied peel of bitter orange unite in a most intriguing nose. The viscous liquid is of an unusual density, brimming at every atom with its barley sugar flavors and caramelized black tea leaf and citrus notes. There is a wonderfully alluring element of bitterness that sets as much of a counterpoint to the otherworldly sweetness as the rapier acidity. The purity of expression is astonishing; concentration and intensity are extraordinary. An elixir. Drink until 2040, at least.
Reviews wines from Austria, Alsace and England
German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer contributing to international wine publications. She also lectures, consults and translates and has helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. She adores acidity in wine and is thus perfectly suited to her Austria/Alsace/England beat. Her particular weaknesses are Pinot Noir, Riesling and traditional-method sparkling wines.