PRUM J J GRAACHER HIMMELREICH KABINETT 18
Graacher Himmelreich directly borders the southern edge of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. The wines from this site often often challenge those from its more famous neighbor, especially in hot, dry years. Graacher wines attract with their racy acidity, a pronounced minerality (that reminds of crushed rock) and slightly different fruit aromas and flavours (more in the citrus spectrum). Often, the wines become accessible slightly earlier than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr and are deliciously mouth-watering when young. Looking at the vineyard conditions, the hill faces slightly more westwards than the Wehlener Sonnenuhr , i.e. it has a more south-west exposure, it is a little less steep and has deeper soils which act as excellent water reservoirs.
9%Abv "The 2018 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett is bright, precise and floral on the slightly flinty, very elegant and finessed nose with crunchy slate aromas. Piquant and fresh on the filigreed and crystalline palate, this is a lush and tropical-flavored, buoyant and frisky Himmelreich with juicy apricot and white peach aromas and the fine grip pf broken slate. The finish is straight, piquant, well structured, stimulatingly fresh and salty. This is a gorgeous 2018 that tastes almost dry in the end. Tasted at the domain in September 2020." — Stephan Reinhardt – Robert Parker’s ‘The Wine Advocate’
"In a striking and delightful contrast to its superb Badstube counterpart, this Himmelreich Kabinett offers a cooling and overtly citric personality. Lemon and grapefruit are suffused with green herbal essences, accompanied by yeast and wet stone on the nose and an adjunct of juicy ripe honeydew on the polished, delicate, sorbet-like palate. Piquancy of citrus zest and seeds is restrained but invigoratingly efficacious, and the generously juicy finish is admirably transparent to underlying wet stone." — 92 Points, David Schildknecht, Vinous
"Succulent flavors of pineapple, lemon and mango dance and dart on the palate of this spry little Kabinett. It's an intensely fruity, juicy sip but anchored by a reverberating backbone of acidity and lingering notes of earth, smoke, spice and animal. Delightful already, but there's so much potential for cellaring, too." — 93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
"Generous pear fruit and substance for a Kabinett, but they're married to bright, citrusy acidity that makes this uplifting and appealing. Just beginning to show its considerable finesse. Drink or hold." — 94 Points, James Suckling