2020 Emrich-Schönleber Grosses Gewächs: Frühlingsplätzchen & Halenberg

Posted by Joe Salamone

Have no doubt, 2020 is a profound vintage for Frank Schönleber.

It is one that will inevitably go down with the giants of his career: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017 and now 2020.

Along with Keller and Schäfer-Fröhlich, we've long considered Emrich-Schönleber to form a holy trinity of dry Riesling producers. Emrich-Schönleber, for the moment, represents the unquestionable value in collectible, world-class dry Riesling.

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Halenberg and Frühlingsplätzchen are among the greatest sites of the Nahe. Frühlingsplätzchen is always described as being "more floral", but there's so much more to be said about the wine. It also shows a finer texture and a riveting sheened layering -  the wine dances. Halenberg is nearly always more powerful; both slightly wider and slightly deeper. Both have a balance that is about as perfect and meditative as Riesling ever gets.

It’s curious, while the 2020s don't have the universal acclaim of 2019, the simple truth is that 2020 may be the better vitnage in the Nahe and Rheinhessen. Both vintages flaunt a staggering intensity, a saturating and cutting razor’s edge of fruit and mineral. The 2020s seem to be more lifted and possess a more intricate and seamless expression.

At this year’s auction Schönleber’s top wine, the Auf der Ley GG, rocketed up in price by over 60% from only the year before. It's very clear that a much wider circle have taken notice of Emrich-Schönleber. One can only imagine prices increasing very soon and availability becoming an issue. For many reasons, this is a don't miss vintage for Emrich-Schönleber. 

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Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits