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2017 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spatlese Riesling Saar (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1393598 95-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese (AP #6) offers a beautifully fine Riesling bouquet with slate, honey and raisin aromas. What a gorgeous mix of purity, precision and richness! Lush and highly delicate on the palate, this is a gorgeous Spätlese with great elegance and finesse. The wine is intense and tight but long and complex with endless minerals. Tasted as a sample in March 2018. This is already a great wine, but there will be another, more concentrated Spätlese for the auction in September that I haven't tasted so far. (SR) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Beautiful apricot and lemon nose. A stunning balance of power and vibrancy on the palate, which leads to that whiplash finish that's so fresh it could wake the dead. You can measure the aging potential of this in decades, but it's already stunning. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I have more Rausch Spätlese in my own cellar than any other bottling from the Zillikens, as this is one of my favorite Prädikat levels from the family and the wines always age gorgeously. The 2017 is another I will be adding to my cellar, as it is a classic in the making, offering up a fine aromatic constellation of pineapple, pear, a fine base of slate, plenty of smokiness, wild yeasts, white flowers and a gentle topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and very suave on the attack, with a fine core, bright, bouncy acids and excellent focus and grip on the long, complex and vibrant finish. (Drink between 2018-2055) Inner quote mark (5/2018)

K&L Notes

93pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 06 18. The 2017er Saarburger Rausch Spätlese was made from fruit harvested at well above 95° Oechsle. It develops the full intense presence of an Auslese as delicately creamy scents of pear, quince and exotic fruits including pineapple, coconut, star fruit and melon emerge from the glass. An apricot-infused side comes through on the palate which adds to the intensely creamy presence. Some firm acidity then cleanses the palate towards the finish, making for a truly Spätlese feel in the after-taste. This is a beautifully balanced yet intense wine in the making. 2027-2042." (05/2018)


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