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(2020) Weingut Riffel is a certified organic producer, farming biodynamically, in the Rheinhessen region. This Pinot Gris, locally known as Grauer Burgunder, has just a smidgeon of residual sugar with 3.7g/l, but is ostensibly dry, though quite rich in style. There's something a little nutty or oatmeally on the nose over bold orange fruit, leading on to a palate with nuttiness and breadth again, but a pristine set of lemon and juicy red apple flavours, set against a fine acid framework, that teasing hint of sweetness just softening the finish into a savoury but juicy ending. Note that at time of review Savage Wines is offering wine-pages' readers 10% off any six bottles from three of their German producers, including Riffel. See New Wave Germans from Savage Vines.
(2011) Tiny honey and toffeed notes here, much more ripe and open than some, even a slightly oxidative note that is pleasing. Palate is peachy and exuberant, with apricot richness over a nice, mineral acidity.
(2009) All about minerality, with nutty, slightly smoky and slaty aromas, that whiff of cordite. On the palate there's that zing and zest of pure lemon juice, but there's something here that hints at richness and fleshiness, with almost a creamy texture and weight. Complex and intriguing.
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