Egon Müller - Scharzhof Riesling Scharzhof 2018
The harvest started on September 22nd, compared to other years, it's an early start. There was no drought stress here at the Scharzhof, due to good rains in May and early June, the reserves for autumn were sufficient. The Gutswein 2018 shows this very special vintage characteristic the first time you smell it, reminds a little of 2011, Egon Müller himself also points to the parallels between these two years. The grapes were 100% botrytis-free, but the acids in 2018 were significantly higher than in 2011, only from late harvest and selection does the ratio change somewhat, but in Gutswein and Kabinett, acid values of over 9 grams were achieved in 2018, despite full maturity and high sugar concentration. The estate wine has about 35 grams of residual sugar with just under 10 grams of acid, the sugar is almost not tastable. The wine drinks almost dry, shows an amazing freshness, a lot of citrus, a little lime and delicate apricot, also green apple and light pear. Incredibly fine and classy at the same time. A lot of grapefruit, lemongrass and lime zest in the mouth, but also very fine salt and some rock. Showing high minerality, this is a really amazing estate wine from Egon Müller, I never expected to find such crisp freshness here in a warm and mature year like 2018, which almost borders on a paradigm shift. This is a Gutswein for an extremely long life with the cushion of 35 grams of sugar, but at the same time it is also a prancing masterpiece. Everything is floating fine, crystal clear and pure, no exotic, totally polished. Such a delicate temptation, I am very enthusiastic.