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Schlossgut Diel

October 24, 2013

These are notes from a dinner at Jade , Fullerton Hotel Singapore, on 7 June 2013 organised by Grand Vin with the estate’s proprietor, Herr Armin Diel, in attendance. We began with a free flow of champagne, followed by various wines from Schlossgut Diel in the order listed below, astutely paired with an exquisite cuisine showing off Jade at its best.

Louis Roederer Premier Brut NV. Lifted aromas of white flowers and yellow citrus supported by chalky minerality on the palate. Excellent body, displaying significant depth and complexity after some time. Not much of toasty oak nor yeasty notes.

2010 Schlossgut Diel Grosses Gewachs Goldloch. Single vineyard. Dash of apricot, light to medium bodied, clear and refreshing with a hint of nectarine appearing at the finish. Took on a greater intensity with food (braised birds’ nest with truffle egg white) with an explosion of flavors and tropical fruits. Good on its own, though a bit too light for me.

2007 Schlossgut Diel Cuvée Victor, a blend of 55% pinot gris and 45% pinot blanc. Lovely note of burnt caramel on the nose. Grassy, green citrus, light to medium bodied, mild gravelley finish. More harmonious as it warmed up in the glass.

2011 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Kabinett Goldloch. Lifted notes of green apples, pears and tropical fruits with a lovely sweetness. Great balance.

2011 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Spatlese Goldloch. Served bit too cold initially. Big, beautifully rounded, an abundance of nectar, apricot and honey, absolutely seamless and harmonious. Superbly balanced. A complete wine. We bought a case.

2000 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Auslese Goldloch.  Deep golden, its acidity waning slightly. Deep complex bouquet with notes of nectar and honey coming through. Liquid gold on the palate with a burnished tone and a petroleum quality. Perfumed. Outstanding.

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