Eva Fricke regards herself as part of the new-wave of winemakers, fueling the renaissance of Germany's Rheingau region. Based in the village of Lorch, Eva sources grapes from the Krone, Schlossberg and Seligmacher vineyards (among others), which are famed for their slate and quartzite soils. It is this inherent minerality that Fricke is able to express through her wines, making them truly remarkable and a true reflection of the Rheingau terroir.
This Spatlese comes from the Schlossberg vineyard, where the grapes were left to ripen on the vine for about a week longer than the first harvest. The resultant wine is richer and more expressive, with a sweeter body, but still beautifully balanced by the naturally bracing acidity of the site.
A vibrant and ripe nose of apricot, honeysuckle blossom and quince, with a touch of slate minerality. The medium-sweet palate is textural and awash with ripe stone fruit and citrus zest, balanced by laser-like acidity.
Effusive spring-blossom and lemon-zest character, then a complex interplay of blade-runner acidity with delicate, sweet grapes on the palate. This medium-dry riesling is as filigree and vivid as a medieval stained-glass window. From organically grown grapes.'
JULIA HARDING MW - JANCISROBINSON.COM
Slate with quartzite, warmer and more wind protected than Seligmacher. Part spontaneous ferment. Seven months on lees in tank.Some CO2 bubbles still visible. Still has that mango aroma of the drier Schlossberg but also something hinting at honey, and yet also a more smoky reductive note. A conundrum. On the palate, sweet mango and apricot fruit with a racy note of orange zest. Tastes pretty sweet and I am not sure what I would drink this with as it is probably not sweet enough to go with many desserts. Tastes pretty good with salty parmesan ... Long and rich and mouth-filling but needs time to lose its youthful primacy and gain complexity.' 17.5 / 20 Points