The 2021er Ayler Riesling N°2 is a bone-dry wine (with 1 g/l of residual sugar) made from fruit picked in the front, east-facing part of the original Kupp hill, in the upper section near Stirn. It proves still quite backward at first and needs a few moments to shed the reductive notes of smoke and wet stone and reveal its beautiful scents of elderflower, cassis, pear, vineyard peach, and herbs. The wine is still on the firm side on the palate but the finesse and precision are already remarkable (for a “mere” Estate wine). Superb scents of citrusy fruits, whipped cream, fine herbs, and some spices underline this in the finish. The aftertaste is zingy but also a tad reductive. This beautiful dry wine really only needs a few months in bottle to let some of the firmness mellow away. It will then prove quite irresistible.
- Andrew Guard