Schloss Lieser in New Zealand

At the end of March we were lucky enough to have Lara Haag, daughter of Thomas Haag of Schloss Lieser, Mosel with us in New Zealand for a few days to help host a series of fantastic Schloss Lieser Riesling events with Dhall & Nash in both Auckland and Wellington. Lara was able to tell her inspirational family story as well as present some of Schloss Lieser’s award winning wines.

While Lara was in New Zealand, she took part in various trade visits in Auckland and in Wellington where she was able to talk first hand about the Schloss Lieser wines, specifically from the 2016 vintage.

2016 was a year of extremes. It started off with a cool, long, damp spring with a lot of work keeping the fast growing canopy under control at Schloss Lieser. Flowering came late in mid-June, followed by an uneasy summer of both sun and rain. Finally by August everyone could breathe a little easier. Warm temperatures continued until Autumn, enabling the grapes to ripen perfectly. Harvest began on 10th October and for four weeks they were able to harvest extremely healthy, very ripe, golden yellow grapes. The result is a vintage of wonderfully fruity, high quality wines, with racy balanced acidity.

Xuxu Dumpling Bar
Lara Haag with Jahn Hansen, General Manager of Xuxu Dumpling Bar
Lara Haag at Sidart
Puneet Dhall & Lara Haag with Sophie Beaton from Sidart Restaurant

Auckland Dinner Event

A degustation was held at Culprit Restaurant in Auckland on Tuesday 27th March which included a range of impressive dishes and 4 of the Schloss Lieser Rieslings from the 2016 vintage. The evening began with a glass of the Feinherb and the Niederberg Helden Trocken GG. The Niederberg Helden Spatlese and Auslese were introduced later on in the night to accompany the various dishes.

The Schloss Lieser wines were paired with the following menu:

NZ Wakame & Market Fish, preserved lemon mayo, sesame, furikake wafer

Pork Cheek Nduja, Olafs Volkorn Toast, radish, cress, parsley, lemon oil

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, smoked mussel, cucumber

Chicken Liver Parfait, donuts, pinot noir syrup, char

Duck Fat Fried Brussel Sprouts, buttermilk ranch, old bay vinegar

Roast Bone Marrow, dill pickle gel, old edam toast, shallot & caper salad

On the Side

Culprit Roast Duck, hoisin sour cream, plum sauce, peanuts, iceberg

Cloudy Bay Tuatuas, chorizo XO sauce, fried vermicelli

Dessert

Steamed Ginger Kiss, vanilla mascarpone, stewed rhubarb, fairy floss


Wellington Dinner Event

A 5 course wine matched dinner was held at Noble Rot Wine Bar in Wellington on Wednesday 28th March with all of our Schloss Lieser Rieslings, including a special sweet Beerenauslese Riesling with dessert.

Schloss Lieser Noble Rot

Menu:

Crayfish Carpaccio, cucumber, celery, verjuice, seasoned roe
Paired with Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Organic Chicken and Hock Roulade, confit carrots, pink grapefruit, dashi, brioche
Paired with Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Catch of the Day, hazelnut, cauliflower, broccolini
Paired with Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

Baked Endive, granola padano, cabernet vinegar, malt & walnut crumb
Paired with Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

Dessert

Whittakers 50% Dark Ghana, soft chocolate, tomato raisin, thyme, feijoa
Paired with special Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Beerenauslese


Schloss Lieser Feinherb

2016 Schloss Lieser Riesling Feinherb

Slate-like fruit aroma. A juicy, piquant and salty Riesling.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Auslese

Rich, deep, complex mineral aroma. Complex, concentrated, and piquant on the palate.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Spatlese

Very fine, elegant mineral notes. Fresh and racy with a lots of grip.

 

Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

2016 Schloss Lieser Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Very fine, clear and precise perfume. Ripe lemon flavours. Piquant and slate-like on the palate.

 

Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

2016 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Trocken GG

A masterly scent of peaches and classy exotic fruits. Great complexity with an infinite elegance.