Apparent sweetness & Bottle age

We served the 1992 Zilliken Spaetlese “Saarburger Rausch” the other night in VINO & it was an awesome, breathtaking, mineral driven white wine with eye popping intricacies, breed & stunning harmony.

The most interesting comment from the tasters, though, is how dry they thought the wine tasted, which brings us to the very point of this blog.

For those unfamiliar with aged sweet wines from Germany, you will be surprised to find that a wine’s apparent sweetness changes with bottle age.  This 1992 Spaetlese, for instance, had pronounced sweetness when released, greatly buttressed with high levels of acidity which produced  a fabulous sweet sour tension on the palate.

Today, however, that apparent sweetness in the 1992 had changed into a more creamy, tactile texture on the palate which now greatly showcased the wine’s tremendous minerality & acidity instead

The transformation was unbelievable!  The 20 years of bottle age had changed the perception of this wine from sweetness to terroir driven.

For the professional, hopefully, this provides yet another option to use when pairing wines to foods.

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