Scharzhofberger Spatlese 2018

Egon Müller

Spätlese means “late harvest” but at Egon Müller, the term is used for wines made from grapes of superior ripeness or even from overripe grapes. The harvest usually begins very late and the weather is variable, so the ripest grapes often come from the best parcels rather than a later harvest date. Spätlese wines can carry more sugar than Kabinett without losing their balance. While they’re off-dry to semi-sweet when young, they reward cellaring with an incredible degree of complexity. The Wiltinger braune Kupp vineyard tends to be more full-bodied, while the Scharzhofberger can develop into truly elegant wines that defy the categories of sweet and dry.

Additional Information

Intense minerality and delicate limey fruit that builds harmoniously to reveal incredible depth in a long crescendo of mouth-watering flavors.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
  • Winemaker: Egon Müller
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Slate gravel
  • Vineyard Acreage: 8 ha
  • Alcohol: 8.5%
  • Sizes Available: 12/750ml, 3/1.5L
  • Varietals: 100% Riesling

Recent Press

  • Score: 100 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
    "All the opulence, creaminess and super ripe mango and papaya aromas, fruit of this exceptionally warm year. But it’s offered in such a precisely balanced package that it's probably not a good idea to plan on doing anything business-wise after this one has seduced you, as it surely will. Very limited production. Drink or hold."
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Aleksandar Zecevic
    Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
    "Moving graciously on the palate, combining intensity and grace, this spätlese features a mix of orchard and stone fruit and floral aromas and flavors. Remains ethereal throughout, with powerful, well-integrated acidity. Mineral elements mark the long finish. Best from 2022 through 2038. 40 cases imported."

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