End of the Year: We look back at how Spätlese fared in 2015 and share our list of highlights from the vintage.
As we indicated early on, the sweet spot of the 2015 vintage is Spätlese and Auslese and this shone through our tastings in the course of the year. The vintage delivered plenty of gorgeous Spätlese loaded with juicy fruit and pepped up by some zesty acidity.
The 2015 best Spätlese, in particular if at the hands of Weingut Geltz-Zilliken, Weingut Fritz Haag, Weingut Schloss Lieser, Weingut Egon Müller, Weingut Willi Schaefer, Weingut Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Thanisch) or Weingut Weiser-Künstler, are some of the finest we have ever tasted. In particular, the auction Spätlese produced by the leading Estates proved mind-bogglingly good in 2015 (see the Auction Guide 2016 for all tasting notes).
However, the ripeness of the vintage also shines through many wines: Most Spätlese are really Auslese in disguise, with quite some sweetness and presence in need of integration.
Some Spätlese may even push the boundary even further: Weingut Martin Müllen produced two stunning wines under the Spätlese label but these are stylistically very close to full-blown Auslese GK.
So while Spätlese wines proved hugely successful in 2015, it is crucial to have a close look at the tasting notes to make sure that one gets wines in the desired style. But this little effort and discipline is well worth it: The best Spätlese are simply stunning!
We provide here our list (in alphabetic order) of Spätlese highlights from the 2015 vintage:
2015 is overall a very successful vintage but not everything that shines is gold. Not every winemaker and not every wine mastered the intrinsic power which the summer conveyed to the grapes.
The detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates included in our Reports on the 2015 vintage (Issue No 31, the Auction Guide 2016 and Issue No 32) will help you to navigate through the offers.
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