2019 Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1551135 95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The white-peach and citrus aromas with a touch of spring blossoms pour from the glass of this classic Mosel Spätlese that has a great interplay of ripeness and cool elements on the palate, leading into a very filigree finish that’s pristine and full of herbal freshness. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From 80- to 90+-year-old vines in the original plot below the sundial, the 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is very precise and fresh on the flinty, slatey and crisp fruit bouquet. Juicy-piquant and sweet on the palate, this is a tight and crispy, very intense yet still sulfuric Spätlese from a really great terroir. The fruit is still fresh and precise and was picked together with the dry GG selection, which is picked from the inner part with a higher acidity, whereas the Spätlese is from the outside berries that have more ripeness. The 2019 should be aged for at least 10 years. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The AP #15 Spätlese from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr was the only wine at this Prädikat level that I tasted from Constantin this year, and it is a beauty. The technical details on this wine are ninety-five grams per liter of residual sugar and nine grams per liter of acidity; it is sourced entirely from the ancient vines the Richters own at the base of the sundial in this vineyard. The bouquet is bright and inviting, wafting from the glass in a classic blend of pear, nectarine, vanilla bean, spring flowers, slate and a topnote of orange zest. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and fullish, with a dreamy core of fruit, lovely slate undertow, bright acids and a long, complex and succulent finish. At 95º, this is into Auslese Oechsle levels, but retains its lightness of step and is flat out delicious! (Drink between 2020-2060) Inner quote mark (7/2020)

K&L Notes

92pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 15 20. The 2019er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese was made from fruit picked at 95° Oechsle, and was fermented down to almost noble-sweet levels of residual sugar (95 g/l). It offers a hugely aromatic and creamy nose made of pineapple, honey, apricot blossom, almond, grapefruit, and floral elements. The wine develops the creamy side of a refined Auslese on the palate and leaves an intense feel of whipped cream, apricot, honey, and fine floral and herbal elements in the engaging and nicely racy finish. This sweet wine will please lovers of suave yet light-footed and engaging expression of the genre, but needs more than a decade to reach its drinking window. 2034-2049." (07/2020)


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