"A stunning expression of airy dry Mosel Riesling"
2018 Willi Schaefer Himmelreich Grosses Gewächs

Posted by Joe Salamone

We haven't seen a Schaefer GG bottling since 2012. In 2018, it came back in a big way. 

Recently, we were lucky enough to have another parcel of this wine become available and we're happy to offer it today. 

Schaefer's 2018s are absolutely stunning. They leap out as among the best examples of the vintage. The Himmelreich GG has blazing minerality with a pristine expression. 

Willi Schaefer's Himmelreich GG shows an outrageous clarity with an intense yet ultra-fine expression of white peach, apple, lemon zest, and a stunning array of slate and flowers.

What's immediately impressive about Schaefer's GG is its refinement, persistence, and incredible detail. This is breeding and careful winemaking taken to the extreme.

The wine is sourced from a small, low-yielding parcel of the Himmelreich. Christoph Schaefer says they've always found the Himmelreich to be more suitable for dry wines; the airiness of the fruit, its purity, and scale being more adaptable to the rigid confines of the acidity.

Before I wrap this up, I need to mention that quantities are very limited. Please give us your ideal order, and we'll try our best. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

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Mosel Fine Wines: "The 2018er Himmelreich GG, as it is written on the main part of the label, comes from fruit picked in the Himmelreich and Stablay parts of the vineyard, and was fermented spontaneously and aged on its gross lees in traditional Fuder cask until June 2019. It offers a stunningly complex nose made of lemongrass, mirabelle, grapefruit, herbs, wet stone, and delicately earthy spices. The wine proves stunningly playful and balanced on the light-footed but intense palate. It leaves a superbly engaging feel of fresh fruits, minerals, and herbs pepped up a most delicate touch of tickly acidity in the long and suave finish. The after-taste is all about airiness as more fruits, minerals, and refreshing elements add depth to the experience. This is a stunning expression of airy dry Mosel Riesling. What a huge success!"