Background: Sybille Kuntz and her husband Markus Kuntz-Riedlen both come from families with long historys of winemaking; however they decided to create their own path by creating a new winery, named for Sybille, in 1984. They quickly became famous for their modern style of dry, powerful rieslings. All farming has been done naturally since 1990 and is now biodynamic. All the grapes are harvested by hand and they take the utmost care in the vineyard so that they start the wine making process with perfectly concentrated healthy berries. These are engaging complex wines, that invite contemplation.
Aroma: The aroma of this Riesling is rather pretty and floral. I pick up sweeter white flowers, a hint of kiwi and banana and a touch of Riesling petrol. The nose isn't honeyed and you can tell right off the bat that the wine has some strong acidic and mineral structure. It's an aroma that gives you glimpses of the wine to come, but doesn't give away the whole show. It definately draws you in.
Taste: Big powerful Riesling is right! It's certainly not sweet, but their is a bit of residual sugar that helps flesh out the robust acidity and minerality on the mid palatte and finish. It is a intense powerful wine without being thick or fat in texture. I taste bright clean apple juice initially, but then the fresh lemon citrus acidity emerges, grabbing your attention and along with a touch of tingley Riesling spice. After that the minerality follows through and ends the wine with a bang. In fact, it's such a complex white with an unusual combination of pear/apple, kiwi fruit, bright acidity, spice, and mineral; that it does remind me of a fireworks display, with that minerality as the grand finale.
Conclusion: If you want a complex engaging white, this is great. If you like Vouvray, Mersault, Savenniers, serious Albarinho, this is great. If you like white wines that drink like water.......not so much. This is a delicious white that will pair well with nearly any food. braised beef and short ribs might be a stretch, but pork roast, tofu, fried chicken, or tuna are all good matchs with this. This costs under $25 and is available at the Freeport Cheese and Wine Shop and Aurora Provisions.