We look back at Spätlese in the 2016 vintage and share our list of not-to-be-missed vintage highlights.
2016 proves a pure even if slightly ripe vintage, making for some beautifully elegant and playful fruity-styled Spätlese. The finest Spätlese are cut along the lines of the great Auslese from the 1997 vintage. Why Auslese? Because what was bottled back then as Auslese is what is bottled as Spätlese today, and are a must have in any Riesling cellar.
At the top, Hofgut Falkenstein, Weingut Fritz Haag (which produced the Spätlese of the vintage), Weingut Schloss Lieser and Weingut Willi Schaefer produced some true classics which will prove irresistible in a decade or two.
But also many of the other Spätlese specialists including Weingut A.J. Adam, Weingut Julian Haart, Weingut Markus Molitor, Weingut Max Ferd. Richter, Weingut von Schubert and Weingut Weiser-Künstler produced beautifully pure and elegant renditions of this stylistic direction.
However, many of these Spätlese, including the beautiful wines by Weingut von Kesselstatt and several Auction bottlings, are really rich Auslese in disguise. While stunning wines, their higher level of sweetness and stronger presence will require more time to integrate.
It is therefore critical to have a good look at our tasting notes to make sure that one gets wines along the stylistic direction expected. This little effort and discipline is well-worth it: The best Spätlese are simply stunning!
We provide here the Spätlese highlights from the 2016 vintage (for the number lovers: potentially 94 pts or more at maturity).
Our detailed reports on the 2016 vintage (Issue No 35, Issue No 36, Issue No 37 and Issue No 38) will help you to navigate through the offers of Kabinett on the market as they provide detailed tasting notes for over 1,000 recommended wines from over 100 different Estates.
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