James Suckling (Stuart Pigott): “Closed and rather funky, but behind that is rather fine mirabelle fruit and massive structure and a very racy acidity that drives the long very spicy finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Respekt certified.” 96/100 pts
Jancisrobinson.com (Michael Schmidt): “An invigorating herbaceous fragrance includes more than a hint of fresh nettles after the rain. The palate stays with the green theme adding cool mint and kiwi fruit on the cusp of ripeness. Acidity is not sharp, but crisp enough to draw the cheeks and provide an excellent edge to a gently sweet finish.” 18/20 pts
Vinous (David Schildknecht): “It’s hard not to conclude that something about the iron-rich limestone soils in this Rheinhessen sector (as opposed to the chalky-white ones around Flörsheim) lends its wines their combination of smoky, stony and marine elements, noticeable here on the nose, where scents of piquantly seed-tinged fresh apple and zesty grapefruit further anticipate the flavors to come. In common with several other Battenfeld-Spanier 2017s, this bottling is remarkable not just for the sheer sense of density and concentration projected midpalate (albeit without heaviness), but also for its combination of bright, almost pulpy citric concentration with underlying textural richness. It finishes with vibrant persistence and a promise of greater things to come with time in bottle.” 92/100 pts
Battenfeld-Spanier: “250 meters elevation; up to 40% gradient. The top soil consists of limestone pebbles, while the substratum is pure limestone. This exposed site and the elevated crest of the Frauenberg make extreme demands on the vines: on the one hand, there is the heat from the southern exposure and, on other, the constant cool winds, which place the grapes in a draft. Vines are forced to seek sustenance deep within the soil, which is austere, if mineral rich. These are ideal conditions for a long and healthy gestation process. The flavor of the stone dominates Riesling wines from the Frauenberg site: spicy herbs, cool tobacco notes, and fine acidity, which are not revealed immediately. Frauenberg wines want to be conquered. They need time. But, then, they reward with almost breathtaking elegance and finesse.