2019 Max Ferdinand Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Weingut Max Ferdinand Richter produces world-class Rieslings from some of the most esteemed vineyards in the Mosel, and all production comes from estate holdings. The terroir of their steep vineyard sites is generally grey slate with different compositions of ferruginous (Brauneberg), mineral quartz (Veldenz) or clay (Graach, Wehlen, Mülheim) soils; those deeply influence character and flavour of the wines. In order to reduce quantity and increase concentration, pruning is severe and in prolific years a green harvest is carried out in August. The vintage is picked much later than that of most growers and is done entirely by hand. Three passes are done to select the best qualities to eliminate all inferior grapes and to keep perfect botrytis bunches or single berries for Auslese qualities and above. The same attention is paid to all vines from the QBAs on up through the Eisweins.
From 80-year-old vines predominantly from the original Sonnenuhr plot below the sundial, the 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett opens with still reductive, sulfuric yet also beautifully floral, bright and elegant fruit aromas that indicate remarkable delicacy. Round and finessed on the elegant and refined palate, this is a very intense, sweet and persistently salty-mineral WSU with great finesse and length. Persistently salty. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. Drink 2030 - 2060.
Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Oct 2020)
Spot-on balance is the key to the Kabinett category and this wine has it. Light-bodied and off-dry with a great marriage of citrus-blossom, ripe-apple and fresh-herb aromas with a sleek and finely etched body. The crisp, almost dry finish is brimming with apple and herbal notes. With 9% alcohol, this is ideal for conversation at any time after breakfast. Drink or hold.
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com
The 2019er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett was made from fruit picked at 84° Oechsle in the area around the sundial and in the upper part of the vineyard, and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (47 g/l). It offers a superb nose made of white peach, freshly cut apple, flowers, and smoky elements. The wine is incredibly subtle and playful on the palate, and leaves a superb feel of white flowers, pear, and apricot blossom in the light-footed and finely chiseled finish. A touch of beautifully integrated sweetness just underlines the greatness of this wine in the finish. This is text-book stuff! Drink 2029-2049.
Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines