2018 Riesling Unplugged
Martin Tesch calls his 2018 Riesling Unplugged “the star of the vintage,” and he’s does so with good reasons and even more enthusiasm. The 2018 is one of his best Unpluggeds, along with 2015 and also 2017. Bottled with 12% alcohol, this is a winner from an exceptionally warm and dry vintage. New canopy management (higher leaf walls for more shadow between the rows) brings back the Nordic character of the Unplugged that opens with a pure, straight and refreshing nose of white fruits and lemon aromas. On the palate, this is a light and refreshing but structured and even tensioned dry Riesling with mouthwatering phenolic grip on the stimulating and persistent finish. This wine is clear, linear and elegant as always, with no ornaments, no fat, no palatable sweetness and no compromise. The 2018 Unplugged is a terrific Bauhaus Riesling that seems to celebrate the 100th birthday of the art movement that is as vital as this iconic Nahe wine from Martin Tesch. Yes, a star of the vintage, Dr. Tesch! Tasted in August 2019. | Drinking Date 2019-2030.
90 | ROBERT PARKER – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
Unplugged refers to musicians playing without electric amplification so that the listener gets the most pure version. It is Tesch’s basic Riesling and a very, very good one. You’d never guess that this wine was a from a vintage often characterized by its heat and resulting wines of high alcohol and low acidity. The wine is light as a feather with precise peach skin aromas and flavors, and overall freshness. Outstanding balance and intensity. 12.0% stated alcohol. Last digits of A.P. Nr.: 08 19.
91/A- | THE FINE WINE REVIEW – Claude Kolm
This may be the entry-level wine but what an array of aromas! It’s like a glorious bouquet of wild flowers. Dry enough to drink with or without food, this is neither austere nor excessively fruity. A certain sudden chalkiness on the end marks it out as perhaps not the most glorious of Martin Tesch’s 2018 Rieslings but this wine is a true delight. VGV at under €10 in Germany. Please let us have it in the UK! 12% | Drink 2019 – 2021.
16 pts. | JANCISROBINSON.COM – Reviewed by Jancis Robinson MW
2017 Riesling Unplugged
The straw-yellow colored 2017 Riesling Unplugged is dry, clear, bright and aromatic on the fresh and slightly greenish shimmering nose. Pure and fresh on the palate, this is a full-bodied classic, racy and bone-dry Riesling that reveals a first maturity. The wine is lean and straight as well as tight and gripping, and it’s provided with good length and tension—a Nordic classic from a warm year. Tasted from AP 10 18 in July 2019. | Drinking Date 2019 -2027.
89 | ROBERT PARKER – The Wine Advocate – Stephan Reinhardt
Tons of apple, lemon and gooseberry here. Sleek and very crisp, this youthful dry riesling screams out for seafood. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
90 | JAMESUCKLING.COM – Stuart Pigott