Scharzhofberg is one of the most famous vineyard sites in Germany, likely to have originally been planted by the Romans. Situated in Wiltingen, removed from the Saar in a side valley and facing south, its slopes are quite steep, with a 30–60% grade, and high, at 180-280 meters elevation. Formed from grey Devonian slate, the soils are very deep with no bedrock. This wine is always delicate, crisp and exquisite on the palate.
“2015 is certainly a great vintage. After the summer one would look for parallels with 2003 and they are there: The volume of the harvest is the same, almost to the litre. The overall aspect of the grapes was similar. Green, turning to golden with very little Botrytis and the must weights are on the same level. One difference is easily explained with the weather during the harvest: While it wasn’t at all difficult to harvest great Auslese and while we did succeed in making a Trockenbeerenauslese, at that level the record breaking Oechsle of 2003 were never within reach. Acidity levels that are often twice as high as those of the 2003s and 2 or 3 g higher than those of the 2007s or 2009s. Once again we seem to have a vintage without precedent this is one that we can expect to enjoy.” Egon Muller
Score: 93 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
The 2015 Riesling Scharzhofberger Kabinett is very clear, deep, intense and complex on the nose, with smoky slate, iron and citrus flavors that come along highly delicate and with a subversive complexity. Mouth-filling, round and lush, but super clear, fresh and salty, this is a gorgeous Kabinett that is full and filigreed at the same time. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2045.
Score: 91 PointsWine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
This offers mouthfilling rich, fruity flavors of peach, ripe apple and melon that are plushly spiced, with lemon curd notes on the crisp finish. Drink now through 2022.
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