Over the last year I have found a change in the 'other' whites grown in Germany. Chardonnay, Weissburgunder & Grauburgunder were often flabby and overblown. Recent examples seem to have a 'Riesling' style to them..they are livelier..the oak reined back...the signs are they will be a match for any top whites..anywhere.
Ökonomierat Rebholz Chardonnay
Barrique 'R' Spätlese trocken 2007
Butter aroma...honeyed melons...surprisingly well-balanced..this barrique wine has the oak beautifully integrated...there is a light dancing acidity...each mouthful is a pleasure..elegant and very harmonious.. Drank this with 'Schnitzel', new potatoes and some fresh white Asparagus(I prefer green...but the market stalls had only poor quality..so white it was)..as the evening sun went down..a good Havana cigar needed accompaniment..and the Chardonnay was perfect. Same price as the PiNo.