The Scharlachberg is a great vineyard. South facing and a perilously steep slope, the soil comprising quartzite, weathered red slate over a subsoil of loess. Wagner Stempel’s 2017 rendition is wonderful, effortlessly underpinning the argument that this is indeed a Grosses Gewachs. The most aristocratic of the Stempel Rieslings, there is a subtle nose of lemon, lime, thyme and sage. Drinking is an altogether different experience, the wine’s energy and power, immediately apparent. Full bodied, but certainly not inelegant. Wave after wave of layered fruit, with minerals, herbs and earthy notes folded folded together. Despite, the integration, the wine shows remarkable poise and delineation of flavours and textures. Great wine.
Tons of fresh herbs and wild berries in the nose. Then, enormous power and depth and a finish that keeps pumping out the minerals with a hint of chili-like piquancy. Only the second vintage of this wine, making it difficult to judge the aging potential. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. jamessuckling.com, 19th Sep 2018. 96 Points