Dense apricot aromas, but none of the honey that normally accompanies this type of ripeness in this style. Serious concentration and spot-on balance. Stunning freshness at the precise, sharp finish that shoots off into the heavens. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 98 points, Stuart Pigott, jamessuckling.com
Organic. Mandelgarten is a tear-shaped site on the northern border of the tiny Gimmeldingen village, next-door to Haardt. Widely regarded as the best vineyard of the southern Mittelhaardt, Mandelgarten sits on a red sandstone deposit with a deep water vein underneath, providing mineral nourishment to the vines. Müller-Catoir farms 1.5-hectares of this terroir, although much of it is planted to the Scheurebe variety. The vineyard is named after the almond trees that blossomed here in the Middle Ages.
Raised in stainless steel, the 2019 finished with 60 g/l residual, balanced by the most delicious fruity acidity. From the get-go, it’s impossible not to be immediately drawn into this wine’s exotic web of tangerine, honeysuckle, apricot and guava before you’re led down a scintillating path of minerality and precision. Pure heaven.