Information about the wine:
The Meerspinne was extracted from the Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten. The name is that of an old vineyard that produces better wines than the rest of the Mandelgarten, which is why the Meerspinne is declared Großes Gewächs and the rest of the Mandelgarten is declared Erste Lage. The Meerspinne has a marl topsoil on a limestone subsoil. The Riesling was harvested botrytis-free in November. It was left on the skins for up to six hours, spontaneously fermented and, like all Christmann's GGs, fermented down to about 2 grams of residual sugar and aged in large double barrels and stainless steel.
The wine from the best section of the Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten is the most puristic and coolest of the Christmanns' portfolio. This is already obvious in the nose, where the Sea Spider shines with fine apple and pear notes, with iodine, herbs, some earth and nutty notes. The Sea Spider already seems taut and absolutely precise here.
Exactly this precision reveals itself in all its clarity on the palate. The Riesling is gripping, one does not necessarily think of 2015 Palatinate at first, but of the soil on which the Riesling stands. Lime puts its stamp on the wine. The fruit is bright and ripe to the point, the wine vibrates with tension, the nuttiness becomes concise again and the iodine becomes the oyster shell. The Großes Gewächs is quite dry and tight, fine and lively, and at the same time already immensely delicious, even if the Sea Spider is, of course, at the very beginning of its development.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt:
- Oysters au gratin on chard
(Seafood, Oysters & Mussels, leafy vegetables)
- Double fried poussin marinated in dashi
- Carpaccio of Gellert's butter pear with Brillat-Savarin, walnut and honey (vegetarian)
(CheesepomeNuts (nuts), Vegetarian dishes)
Winery A. Christmann, Peter-Koch-Str. 43, 67435 Gimmeldingen/Pfalz / Germany, organic certificate: DE-ÖKO-003