Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese 2018
There are three different readouts at Zilliken this year, all of which are very different, you deliberately wanted to fill them separately because they are so incredibly independent, even though they all come from the intoxication. The AP number 9 seems to me the most interesting, all readings are also extremely fresh this year, due to this low pH value below 3, with an alcohol level of 8%. This is definitely one of the great readings of this year, as I have already said several times, the 2018 vintage is not terrific for sweet wines and hereby stands out a wine that is so outstanding that runs so purposefully towards 100 points that it is is no different than taking it. This selection No. 9 is very special in many ways. Zillikens are currently gradually filling the basement with new barrels, but since they traditionally do not want to have any influence from the wood, they fill the barrels with a wine-like liquid for the first few years in order to neutralize them. This selection No. 9 then came into such a 4-year-old barrel, which is very young for a Zilliken wine and there is still a very minimal influence from the wood, an additional kick of melt, density and creaminess that the filigree -to not have prancing wines of the Zilliken family in this form. It was also a bit of a novelty for Hanno Zilliken to provide one of his readings with such a tiny touch of wood, but it just goes very well with this lush ripe fruit of 2018. The nose is the pure orange, orange peel, orange blossom, passion fruit and Apricots, a little marzipan and mint, ripe mango. And as with all good sweet wines in 2018, the nose is extremely clean, no botrytis at all, just ripe, golden yellow and almost rosinised on the vine, from the oldest vines of the Saarburger Rausch. God, what an orgy in the nose, the orange and apricot scent is really amazing, but nothing is sticky, everything stays fresh and playful. And whenever you do a rehearsal with it, be sure the wine gets to the point, you won't be able to spit it out. There were very few selections this year that go in this direction, Ernie Loosen's Erdener podium has 100, Mönchhof's prelate selection has 100 and Zillikens Rausch Auslese No. 9 is in this series because it is so exhilaratingly juicy and delicious because you can't imagine anything better in this fruit. I don't really like sweet wines and therefore I am really not suspected of praising sweet wines, I could do without them, as it is in some years. And so was my impression in 2018 after the first week of the shopping trip, but these isolated exceptions are so extraterrestrial that I just can't get past them and you shouldn't pass them by. This is an elixir in beautiful delicacy and the most intense fruit, floral fragrance, but not at all heavy, light as a feather, like a somewhat denser cabinet in the finest form.