End of the Year: We look back at how noble-sweet Mosel wines fared in 2015 and share our list of highlights from the vintage.
As we indicated in our overview of the 2015 vintage published in Issue No 31 (Jun 2016), Auslese as well as BA and TBA were the sweet spot of the vintage. The combination of perfect fruit, a hint of ripeness and good acidity proved ideal for this style of wines.
The fact that much of October was quite dry means that few BA and TBA were eventually produced. However, those Estates which made the extra effort to carefully select the botrytized fruit produced some mind-bogglingly good dessert wines.
Rarely have we tasted so many young noble sweet Riesling flirting with perfection as in the 2015 vintage. This reflects in the huge number of highlights as well as in the large number of wines with very high ratings.
In particular, Weingut Geltz-Zilliken, Weingut Fritz Haag, Weingut Markus Molitor, Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm and Weingut Willi Schaefer all crafted not one but several modern day classics (and this does not yet include for instance the seven TBA produced by Markus Molitor nor any BA or TBA by Joh. Jos. Prüm!). But overall, all leading Mosel growers were able to produce some true noble-sweet highlights in 2015.
One grower deserves a special mention on this list, namely Stefan Blees at the Weingut Blees-Ferber. He took on the ailing Neumagener Sonnenuhr last year (see Issue No 29 – Oct 2015 for a full report) and was able to produce an amazing TBA from this vineyard right in his first vintage!
2015 will go down as one of the greatest vintage ever for noble-sweet Mosel wines. This is already clear now.
We provide here our list (in alphabetic order) of noble-sweet Mosel 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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