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Impeccable 2015s from a Coveted Germany Estate: Markus Molitor - 11/28/2017 - Germany

Markus Molitor is irrefutably one of Germany’s most meticulous, exacting, and esteemed producers. With uncompromising standards he has reached, and, in many ways defined, the height of modern German winemaking. Molitor has long been a darling of the critics, so much so that’s his wine have earned four 100-Point ratings from the Wine Advocate alone. Few winemakers, past and present, have enjoyed such a highly regarded reputation. Now we have in-stock availability of the heralded '15 vintage and we couldn't be more excited. Whether you are looking for elite collectibles or some of the greatest values for whites wines from anywhere, you'll find them here. Definitely a must-try for any wine lover, especially in 2015.

Vintage Item Name Score Qty Retail Link
2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule Mosel 92 >100 $21.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule Mosel 93 >100 $24.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule (Off-Dry) Mosel 94 82 $24.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Riesling White Capsule (Dry) Mosel 93 >100 $24.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese Riesling Green Capsule Mosel 94 >100 $29.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule (Medium) Mosel 95 >100 $29.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling White Capsule (AP 69) Mosel 93 >100 $29.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel 97 99 $44.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Auslese** Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel 97 0 $59.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese*** Riesling Gold Capsule (375ml) Mosel 99 39 $69.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (1.5L) 97 8 $79.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Beerenauslese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (375ml) 98 18 $89.99 View
2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (375ml) 99 17 $99.99 View


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2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule Mosel ($21.99)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Himmelreich Kabinett (Green Capsule) displays an intense and concentrated, slightly yeasty bouquet with perfectly ripe stone fruit aromas. Lush and round on the palate but then pure, finessed and very salty, this is another fascinating Kabinett with a lot of salt and mineral tension in the finish. This wine is tight and generous at the same time, and its seductive fruit surely has majority appeal. Good aging potential. (SR)" (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Suggestions of salted peanut and oregano intriguingly inflect the scents and juicy mouthful of fresh apple on display in a buoyant, subtly sweet performance that reminds me slightly and unexpectedly of Grüner Veltliner. A shimmering sense of fruit and crystalline mineral exchange makes for a fascinating as well as consummately refreshing and vibrantly sustained finish. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The largest vineyard in Zeltingen with steep slopes as well as flat sections. 95% of the areas owned by the Molitor winery are located on steep and extremely steep slopes, with only 5% in moderate slopes. The soil is made up of fine and decomposed slate, ranging from light to quite deep. Elegant, often beautifully full-bodied and juicy Riesling wines with elegant yellow fruit notes and an interplay of slate."

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2015 Markus Molitor Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule Mosel ($24.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Molitor's 2015 Riesling Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett (Green Capsule) is a super clear and aromatic, highly finessed and precise Saar Riesling with piquant acidity and a long, stimulatingly salty and grippy finish with lots of tension and finesse. Its lychee bouquet reminds me of fine Gewurztraminers, but the piquant finish is clearly Saar and even Bockstein. A gorgeous Riesling classic with great precision! (SR)" (04/2017)

91 points Vinous: "Fresh apple is garlanded with mint and iris for a hauntingly aromatic, cooling, infectiously juicy palate impression. Delicacy born of 9.5 percent alcohol is allied to supportive but extremely subtle sweetness, while saline, faintly sweaty notes -- a perfect foil for the wines cooling mintiness -- add mouthwatering savor and invigorating tang to a sustained finish. (DS)" (06/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Beautiful ripe, white fruits and some flowers character. Very clean and crisp with a balance that will strike many wine drinkers as dry enough. Less than 10% alcohol! A great sundown wine this year or any time to 2025."

K&L Notes: The soils of Ockfener Bockstein are again largely Devonian slate with smaller deposits of quartz and clay. Wines from this site are open and accesible in their youth but will also stand the test of time. Lifted floral tones are often found in the wines from these steep slopes.

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2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Riesling Green Capsule (Off-Dry) Mosel ($24.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett (Green Capsule) is based on the same grape quality as the dry Kabinett and opens with a deep, complex and smoky/flinty bouquet of ripe stone fruit aromas, crushed stones and sweet herbal flavors. Silky textured, round and lush, this is a full-bodied, highly elegant, finessed and stunningly complex Würzgarten Kabinett. Perfectly balanced, with a great, beautifully pure and salty finish and immense aging potential. Gorgeous! (SR)" (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "A faintly yeasty, cheesy fermentative overlay to the nose dissipates with aeration. Behind that emerges a site-typical amalgam of lime and strawberry, which then inform the palate with a chiffon-like sense of delicacy allied to richness of flavor. Cooling mint, pungent coriander seed and invigoratingly incisive cress lend delectable appeal to a long finish transparent to alkaline and wet stone notes that serve for fascinating counterpoint. The very discreet sweetness here is entirely supportive, and I would be delighted if Rieslings displaying this ones balance were once again considered classic examples of Mosel Kabinett. (DS)" (06/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Very clean and crisp with plenty of herbal character and a hint of caramel. Very good now, but will be equally delicious any time through 2025."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The "Ürziger" site is traditionally considered to be a specialty among the Middle Mosel vineyards due to its red iron-rich soil mixed with fine slate. This gives the grapes grown here a totally distinctive character, with spice and opulent fruit as well as a crisp, hearty acid backbone."

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2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett Riesling White Capsule (Dry) Mosel ($24.99)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett (White Capsule) is very clear, pure and delicate in its spicy and, in a subtle way, intense and concentrated nose that displays perfectly ripe, yellow-golden colored Riesling flavors along with a flinty/smoky minerality. The Würzgarten combines the purity of crushed stones and the pronounced acidity of the Wehlener Klosterberg with the perfectly ripe and intense fruit charm that characterizes the Domprobst although the flavors are completely different and even finer, rather feminine if you so will. In any case, the Würzgarten Kabinett is very well defined and precise on the nose and on the palate, which is dense and tightly woven--a perfect amalgam of ripe fruit and structuring minerals. The 2015 develops an enormously long and tension-filled finish full of minerals or crushed rocks of red slate. (SR)" (02/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Here is an archetypical Würzgarten but one that tastes thoroughly dry despite harboring a mere 10.5 percent alcohol. Scents and flavors of tart-edged, seed-crunching strawberry are underlain by evocations of wet stone, and nips of cress add to the invigoration of an infectiously juicy and vibrantly sustained finish. You might say that this wine puts the Würz in Würzgarten. (DS)" (06/2017)

91 points James Suckling: "Another feather light, pristine dry riesling, the apple and berry aromas very bright and the finish is very refreshing without any hint of sharpness."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The "Ürziger" site is traditionally considered to be a specialty among the Middle Mosel vineyards due to its red iron-rich soil mixed with fine slate. This gives the grapes grown here a totally distinctive character, with spice and opulent fruit as well as a crisp, hearty acid backbone."

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2015 Markus Molitor Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese Riesling Green Capsule Mosel ($29.99)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese (Green Capsule) is one of the most reductive wines that I tasted at Weingut MM in February 2017. The wine opens pure, flinty and with yeasty aromas whereas any fruit flavors were still closed and rather vegetal (without being green or unripe of course). On the palate, this is a full-bodied, very intense and aromatic Badstube with remarkable complexity and great elegance. The finish is tight and salty but still shows remarkable finesse and purity. Readers should cellar this wine for several years (5 to 10, even 20) to appreciate all its talents. This is a great Mosel Spätlese that tastes dry rather than really sweet. Bottled with 11% alcohol. (SR)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A real beauty that has such ripeness and balance you don't need to know anything about wine to get it. Better in 2018 or any time during the following 15 years."

92 points Vinous: "Penetratingly high-toned peppermint allies on the nose with intimations of ripe honeydew, apple and cherry. Polished in feel, soothingly herbal and seamlessly ripe, this Kabinetts fruit-forwardness is accentuated by efficacious yet very discreet sweetness. Were at 11 percent alcohol here, but there is still a lovely sense of lift. The wet stone undertone found in the corresponding Kabinett is joined on the impressively persistent finish by hints of salinity and smokiness reminiscent of this collections amazing pair of white-capsule Bernkasteler Lay Auslesen. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The vineyards located towards the upper end of the site consist of fine slate soils with very good water-retention properties. This produces a very fresh, lively, exceptionally typical Mosel Riesling wine with stable acidity and very good maturation potential, even in the case of the lighter dry wines."

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2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule (Medium) Mosel ($29.99)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese (Golden Capsule) opens with a very clear and aromatic white stone fruit aroma intermixed with clear and smoky aromas. Sweet, lush and intense, this is a concentrated, already densely textured Spätlese with a firm mineral grip and tension that gives this 2015 unreal aging potential and great complexity. Readers should cellar this wine for at least 15- 20 years since there are so many more delicate Rieslings to buy in the category. Molitors Würzgarten, though, will still be young in 30 or 40 years, and thats not due to very generous sulfur doses but thanks to the old, ungrafted vines and the well-elaborated selection for the Spätlese category. Keep in mind, you are already on a top Grand Cru level here, and this wine is in fact a top Auslese. (SR)" (04/2017)

92 points Vinous: "Cress and mint supply high-toned, incisive, cooling presence on the nose, and reconvene on a buoyant palate featuring just enough sweetness to support a vivid impression of luscious, tangy kiwi fruit with seed-crunching invigoration. Seed-tinged ripe pear adds to the fruity generosity of a bottling that finishes with a persistently winsome combination of seductive soothing and vibrant invigoration. Just try resisting the second sip! (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The "Ürziger" site is traditionally considered to be a specialty among the Middle Mosel vineyards due to its red iron-rich soil mixed with fine slate. This gives the grapes grown here a totally distinctive character, with spice and opulent fruit as well as a crisp, hearty acid backbone, which produces a tremendously full-bodied wine when combined with emphatic residual sugar, particularly in our Spätlese wines."

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2015 Markus Molitor Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Riesling White Capsule (AP 69) Mosel ($29.99)

93 points James Suckling: "Beautiful berry peach and herbal nose. Dry and elegant with serious depth for just 11% alcohol. Long, cool herbal-mineral finish. Better from 2018, but at least another decade ahead of it."

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese AP 69 (White Capsule) opens with a very delicate and slatey/spicy Würzgarten bouquet with bright fruit and flinty mineral aromas. Round and lush on the palate but also with an enormously salty, complex taste and very finely chased acidity, this is a remarkably fine and elegant Würzgarten Spätlese of great purity and expression. I find it less reductive than the Saar Spätlesen but even finer and more transparent. 93+ points. (SR)" (02/2017)

91 points Vinous: "The dry Molitor Würzgarten Spätlese (theres also a sweet one, hence my reference to A.P. #) delivers a pungent nose and tangy brightness of fresh lime and kiwi. Brisk and (at just 11 percent alcohol) buoyant, like its Kabinett counterpart this puts the Würz in Würzgarten, delivering a finishing combination of marjoram, pepper cress, and crushed stone that leaves the palate scoured but invigorated and the tongue tingling. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "The "Ürziger" site is traditionally considered to be a specialty among the Middle Mosel vineyards due to its red iron-rich soil mixed with fine slate. This gives the grapes grown here a totally distinctive character, with spice and opulent fruit as well as a crisp, hearty acid backbone, which produces a tremendously full-bodied wine when combined with emphatic residual sugar, particularly in our Spätlese wines."

2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel ($44.99)

96-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese (Golden Capsule) displays the herbal bouquet of the Kabinett but is certainly more deep, concentrated and complex. The wine has great finesse on the palate, and its crystalline acidity and lingering salinity carry the perfectly ripe and lush fruit to a long, vibrating and mouth-watering finish. This Spätlese is highly finessed and complex and--along with the 2015 Scharzhofberger--probably the finest Spätlese I have tasted from the vintage. (SR)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A big mouthful of cooked peach with a citrus freshness. Sweetness adds to the impression of weight and high acidity lifts the finish beautifully."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Covering less than 20 hectares this top Middle Mosel site has mainly very old, ungrafted vines (often more than 80 years old) with fine but also very stony soils of mostly quite light blue Devon slate. The oldest and best plots are often located on small terraces with very little soil, producing very low yields (10-20 hl/ha) of exceptional quality. This site produces our greatest dry and off-dry wines as well as many of our top botrytis wines. All wines grown on the Sonnenuhr have an incomparably elegant ripeness relative to the vintage."

2015 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Auslese** Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel - 0 available ($59.99)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Auslese ** (Golden Capsule) displays clear, intense, concentrated and perfectly ripe (stone-) fruit that does not show any hints of botrytis (but a single new barrel) although the grapes were partly botrytised yet perfectly sorted. Rich, round and lush like a Spätlese but finessed and elegant like a top class Auslese, this is an intense and creamy textured Rausch Auslese with an endless flow of very fine Riesling juice intermixed with lemon juice. The acidity is super fine but fresh and vital, and there are even very fine tannins that probably come from the Burgundian pièce that was blended with the 1000-liter stainless steel vat. This is a crystalline Auslese with clear and perfectly ripe fruit and a long, complex finish. 97+ points. (SR)" (04/2017)

94 points James Suckling: "A ton of dried fruit character and plenty of spice too. A lot of power and density, but the acidity is laser bright and that lifts the finish beautifully. Better from 2020 and should reach at least the mid-century."

93 points Vinous: "This 'two-star' Auslese confirms what last years 'three-star' bottling suggested, namely that Molitors recently acquired vines in Rausch are quite capable of playing in the Saars premier league. Scents of papaya and confitured Rainier cherry are shadowed by high-toned suggestions of kirsch distillate and accompanied by intimations of fresh, zesty lime, all of which anticipates a palate impression that is exotically ripe and plush but at the same time invigoratingly bright. A musky, animal dimension and pungent smokiness typical for this site lend intrigue to a wine that walks on the wild side in terms of volatility and botrytis, finishing with raw intensity and innervating, implacable persistence. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Saarburger Rausch is one of the most important sites in the Saar. The soil here is composed of a mixture of decomposed, grey, Devonian slate and volcanic diabase. The soils are highly penetrable and roots can dive 10 meters into the fractured slate giving the wines a distinctive minerality.

2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese*** Riesling Gold Capsule (375ml) Mosel ($69.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese *** (Golden Capsule) is clear, fresh and concentrated on the nose nose where deep and smoky flavors of crushed stones are displayed, giving just a hint of the true potential of this wine. Round and seamless on the palate, with perfectly ripe but vital and fresh fruit, this has a gorgeous mineral raciness and tension. There is also a quiet stream of perfectly balanced and concentrated melting stones and very fine salts that flows over the palate. This is an exiting, very well structured and tightly woven Riesling legend that will still fascinate wine lovers in 50, 60, maybe 70 years. This is a laser beam of great Riesling, tight and concentrated but still not that open like the corresponding Wehlener. (SR)" (04/2017)

97 points James Suckling: "A massive auslese that is still very young. For all these wonders to reveal themselves fully, you will need to be patient for a few years."

96 points Vinous: " haunting nose conveys ripe white peach, rowan, and almond extract as well as a decadent suggestion of lily perfume. This sets up an expectation of creaminess and enveloping richness that is not entirely confounded on the palate, but an intense alliance of brightly juicy fresh lime and piquant peach kernel provides a remarkable sense of cut and energy. Hints of caramel and sorghum add allure to a whirl of finishing flavors that manages not to turn sweet-sour or otherwise unruly, while mineral salts contribute mouthwatering savor of a sort rare in a botrytized Auslese and otherwise displayed in the present collection only by the astonishing "two-star" Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Covering less than 20 hectares this top Middle Mosel site has mainly very old, ungrafted vines (often more than 80 years old) with fine but also very stony soils of mostly quite light blue Devon slate. The oldest and best plots are often located on small terraces with very little soil, producing very low yields (10-20 hl/ha) of exceptional quality. This site produces our greatest dry and off-dry wines as well as many of our top botrytis wines. All wines grown on the Sonnenuhr have an incomparably elegant ripeness relative to the vintage."

2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (1.5L) - 8 available ($79.99)

96-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese (Golden Capsule) displays the herbal bouquet of the Kabinett but is certainly more deep, concentrated and complex. The wine has great finesse on the palate, and its crystalline acidity and lingering salinity carry the perfectly ripe and lush fruit to a long, vibrating and mouth-watering finish. This Spätlese is highly finessed and complex and--along with the 2015 Scharzhofberger--probably the finest Spätlese I have tasted from the vintage. (SR)" (04/2017)

93 points James Suckling: "A big mouthful of cooked peach with a citrus freshness. Sweetness adds to the impression of weight and high acidity lifts the finish beautifully."

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Covering less than 20 hectares this top Middle Mosel site has mainly very old, ungrafted vines (often more than 80 years old) with fine but also very stony soils of mostly quite light blue Devon slate. The oldest and best plots are often located on small terraces with very little soil, producing very low yields (10-20 hl/ha) of exceptional quality. This site produces our greatest dry and off-dry wines as well as many of our top botrytis wines. All wines grown on the Sonnenuhr have an incomparably elegant ripeness relative to the vintage."

2015 Markus Molitor Saarburger Rausch Beerenauslese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (375ml) ($89.99)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Saarburger Rausch Beerenauslese is very concentrated and intense on the nose, with dried dark stone fruit aromas along with spicy and some oaky flavors. Round, super lush and seamless in its highly elegant, finessed and perfectly balanced texture, this BA reveals stunning finesse and vitality on the palate, with great acidity and stimulating salinity in the crystalline finish. This is gorgeously intense and finessed, and the sweetness is carried away by finesse! (SR)" (04/2017)

97 points James Suckling: "Piquant acidity that could wake the dead. Stunning concentration and enormous citrus freshness at the finish. Very clean and pure in spite of the density and power. Super fresh with decades of aging potential."

95-96 points Vinous: "A penetrating nose of candied lime and grapefruit peels along with kirsch-laced cherry jam and mango chutney serves as fair warning that the palate will be colorful and tongue-tingling. Remarkably, it also possesses infectiously refreshing primary juiciness, a cooling infusion of mint, and transparency to site-typical smoky and crushed stone impressions. There is an almost custardy sense of density and richness, for all of this elixirs citric brightness and soaring sense of levity. Nips of cress add to the invigoration of a glowing, electrically charged finish. Time may well reveal this to be even more remarkable than it already appeared to be when I last tasted it from cask. A few more like this and Molitor will be able to rest his case for the prowess of Rausch, something that until now, in my experience, only Zilliken has succeeded in demonstrating. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Saarburger Rausch is one of the most important sites in the Saar. The soil here is composed of a mixture of decomposed, grey, Devonian slate and volcanic diabase. The soils are highly penetrable and roots can dive 10 meters into the fractured slate giving the wines a distinctive minerality.

2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese Riesling Gold Capsule Mosel (375ml) ($99.99)

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese is very clear, fresh and smoky on the nose that displays super fine, ripe, precise and well defined fruit intertwined with very fine slate aromas. This BA has a seamless, highly finessed and delicate texture and is terribly stimulating due to its transparency, finesse and crystallinity. The finish is stimulatingly fine and salty but also complex and frisky, very crystalline. I have rarely tasted such a fine, fresh and digestible BA. 99+ points. (SR)" (04/2017)

96-97 points Vinous: "Last tasted from cask, this delivers a slight botrytis prickle suggestive of candied lemon peel and ginger, along with scents of honey and quince preserves and an aura of white bread reminiscent of how botrytis often announces itself from the great 1971 vintage. The palate is subtly oily and rather viscous but projects an impressively pure sense of quince and peach concentrate, while the zesty, spicy elements anticipated on the nose contribute delightful invigoration without becoming disruptive. An upwelling of nut oils serves for smoky and piquant counterpoint, while hints of lanolin and resin from barrique are decently integrated if in no way synergistic. The finish here pulls out all the stops on the organ, with a resonant, vibratory intensity that bespeaks boundless energy. Thankfully, here is an instance where the influence of oak seems not to have diminished primary juiciness in the least, with the amazing result that a Beerenauslese manages not just to innervate but even to refresh. (DS)" (06/2017)

K&L Notes: Winery Notes: "Covering less than 20 hectares this top Middle Mosel site has mainly very old, ungrafted vines (often more than 80 years old) with fine but also very stony soils of mostly quite light blue Devon slate. The oldest and best plots are often located on small terraces with very little soil, producing very low yields (10-20 hl/ha) of exceptional quality. This site produces our greatest dry and off-dry wines as well as many of our top botrytis wines. All wines grown on the Sonnenuhr have an incomparably elegant ripeness relative to the vintage."