Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2020

A real peach bomb supported by lemon and lime citrus.
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Notes: Apple / Pear Pineapple Orange marmalade, Lemon, Lime Jasmine Honeycomb / Beeswax Apricot,

Body: Light

Dryness: Sweet

Acidity: Medium +

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%): 7.5

Origin: Mosel, Germany

Maker: Willi Schaefer Graacher


  • Riesling

Fermentation: Slight Wood

Awards: >90 Points


Asian Food Pairing: Roast chicken, Carrot cake, Thai pork chop

Western Food Pairing: Coq au riesling, maroilles cheese, sauerkraut in white wine.


Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

A real peach bomb supported by lemon and lime citrus.

Pale yellow with a green tint. The crisp bouquet opens with citrus, pear and floral notes. Dominant peach flavours give way to layers of green apple, lemon zest, minerals, and mango and melon for a tropical touch. A weightless mouthfeel with the perfect balance of intense acidity and sweetness, closing off in an exceptional long dry finish.

Top tip: Your cellar is already coveting this Riesling as it has a promising future and will just get better with age. 100% Riesling sourced from Willi Schaefer's Himmelreich vineyards. The vineyard name of Himmelreich, which translates as Kingdom of Heaven, likely comes from the site's south to southwest exposure. The vineyard's deep clayey slate soil, cool Mosel climate and perfect sunlight exposure make it a paradise for Riesling. The grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed whole cluster, and spontaneously ferment and age in old Fuder barrels.

7.5 %


 by John Gilman/USA - 93+ POINTS

The Himmelreich has produced a beautiful Spätlese as well in 2018, and this is destined to be a long-lived and superb bottle. The complex nose is vibrant and refined, offering up scents of lime, pear, a nice touch of orange zest, bee pollen, elder flowers, lovely minerality and a topnote of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and zesty, with lovely inner tension between its beautiful fruit tones and mineral undertow. The finish is long, focused and bouncy, with lovely lift, cut and grip. (Drink between 2022-2075) - 94 POINTS

Christoph Schaefer farms just 10 acres, and half of them are on the steep slate slopes of Graacher Himmelreich. A sunny, protected site, it often makes his most exuberant wine. The party hasn’t started for this vintage yet, but it will. Right now, it’s still got some of the sponti funk from its ambient-yeast fermentation in large barrels; it’s also weighted down with smoky mineral notes and fruit so ripe it edges toward red berries. While it will take a little while in the cellar for the acidity to organize all those flavors into a more Schaefer-esque sense of order and clarity, the wine already has a sense of energy that feels exciting and full of promise.

Quite smoky with flint and chalk that work rather well with the notes of dried citrus and spices. Medium dry with a deep serving of acidity and peach and stone flavors. Finely tuned and sleek. Drink in 2022.

 - 93 POINTS

A luscious, velvety spätlese, featuring concentrated ripe apricot, orange marmalade and graham cracker notes, balanced by intense acidity, with hints of honey and sage cream on the finish. Very giving right now, and will only get better. Best from 2021 through 2036.