2018 Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberger Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1438198 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sourced from old vines, the 2018 Elisenberger Riesling Spätlese was harvested in the third week of October as the very last "regular" wine (so 3.5 weeks after the Kabinett). It is based on completely healthy fruit and was vinified entirely in traditional fuders. Offering a deep and flinty bouquet, this is a lush, elegant, highly refined and stimulating Spätlese with a salty-piquant finish. Tasted from the cask in March 2019. (SR)  (6/2019)

92 points John Gilman

 The grapes for the Elisenberger Spätlese were some of the last brought in to the winery in 2018, as this parcel was picked on October 23rd, which just underscores how some of these back vineyards benefited from their relatively cooler expositions in the summer of 2018. The wine is lovely, offering up a bright bouquet of strawberries, apple, lime blossoms, a fine base of salty minerality, wild yeasts and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is pure, zesty and fullish in profile, with a pretty core, lovely mineral undertow, bright acids and fine focus and grip on the long and complex finish. (Drink between 2019-2055)  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 12 19. The 2018er Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Spätlese was harvested at 92° Oechsle, and was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar (90 g/l). It offers a rather backward nose still marked by sulfur and only gradually reveals scents of pear, tannin, ginger, Provence herbs and smoke. The wine develops a gorgeous feel of fresh fruits on the comparatively juicy palate and leaves a slightly round feel of ripe orchard fruits in the finish." (6/2019)


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