Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Riesling Auslese cask 97 37.5cl

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Richter’s 2018 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese ** Fass 97 is a lovely, subtle, pure, fine and refreshing sweet wine whose grapes were picked at 125° Oechsle in the family’s best plots of the cru, the Falkenberg and the Lay. “Originally planned as a part of the regular TBA, the must was very concentrated and tasted very special from the very beginning,” says Konstantin Richter. Inspired by some Auslesen from Markus Molitor, Konstantin decided to let the must ferment in a relatively new Fuder to add some more tannins and structure to the wine and give it the balance it needs. In fact, the oak is very discreet here (though rather unusual for the MFR style) and pairs brilliantly with the fine tropical fruit and slate aromas of the JSU. The palate is filigreed, finessed and really frisky and playful, with delicate fruit ripeness and texture and beautiful balance. This two-starred 2018 Auslese is a gastronomic wine since its sweetness is not upfront but is seamlessly interwoven with the mineral and phenolic grip, the still palatable oak, the crystalline, vital and playful acidity and the perfectly ripe fruit. Needless to say, not a single rotten berry was processed here. Botrytis was perfectly clear in 2018 and accounts for 15% to 20% in this Auslese, while the healthy berries were perfectly ripe. This 2018 is a very delicate, tight and tensioned yet filigreed Auslese that is lightweight yet complex. You shouldn’t miss it! (7% alcohol)

Reviewed August 2019 Stephan Reinhardt
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