2001 Muller-Catoir Haardter Mandelring Scheurebe Spätlese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Produced from 35 year old vines, the 2001 Scheurebe Spatlese Haardter Mandelring displays eucalyptus, freshly mowed grass, grapefruit, and pepper in its aromatics. Rich, layered, and exotic, this medium-bodied beauty is studded with fresh herbs, papaya, mangoes, pineapples, lemons, and red currants. This is a succulent, powerful, extroverted wine with a wild streak. Its medium-bodied, velvety-textured character reveals a sumptuous, exceptionally long finish. Drink it over the next 14 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Mint and candied blackcurrant in the nose, showing the sauvignon-like side of scheurebe. Lime, mint, cassis, pink grapefruit and peach rush across the palate in a riot of ripeness, yet the wine is possessed of a certain elegance and delicacy of manner. One senses too that a huge amount of sweetness is at play, but the wine is not tripped up by it. Outrageously concentrated in the finish, with spiced peach augmented by refreshing grapefruit citricity and cool mintiness.