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)
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.
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)
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