Localization: Mosel, Germany
Tasting Notes: Abtsberg is the premier site on the Grunhaus hillside, its deep blue slate adds an extra dimension to the Riesling grown here. High-toned aromas of white peach, Bosq pear, lime juice, and sweet chives. Classic Spatlese sweetness with flavors redolent of dried apricot, guava, and a distinct herbal/smoky character.
96 points James Suckling: This moves up a gear from the Herrenberg in terms of concentration. This offers a very intense, lime and herb nose and fresh minerals, delivering a very harmonious impression. The depth and sense of seamlessness here is incredible. This has a super-pure feel with juicy and intensely ripe fruit on offer. Such length and purity. Drink over two decades.
The Domain: First documented in 966 A.D. the von Schubert estate is not only one of the oldest but also one of the best. They are sole owners (Monopole) of the 3 vineyards (Abtsberg, Bruderberg and Herrenberg) that the estate wines are coming from. Since 1982, Dr. Carl von Schubert manages the estate according to the motto: "As much handling as necessary, but as little as possible", putting him and his wines worldwide in the top class.