Tasting Note: Egon Müller 2011 Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett


1. Introduction:
The steep, grey-slated Scharzhofberg vineyard is one of Germany´s most famous vineyards. Egon Müller owns 8,5 ha (~21 acre) of the best parcels and cultivates 100% Riesling to produce his legendary sweet wines, which are certainly among the world´s best and most sought-after white wines- especially his rare BAs and TBAs gain record prices.
Known for their exciting play of acidity and beautiful minerality, the wines can age for decades gracefully. With a generally fresh characteristic the wines appear- even though with (more or less decent) residual sweetness- relatively dry.
2011 was a very good, warm year with early ripening grapes and high must weights at the end.
Cork and Bottle flawless. 10% alc.

2. Appearance:
Light Golden-Yellow. Vibrant.

3. Nose:
Exotic and Ripe Stone Fruits. Citrus, Peach, Apricot and Grapefruit.
Herbs and Minerality come with Decent Sweetness.
Fresh and powerful while soft, elegant and multi-layered.

4. Taste:
Generous Yellow and Exotic Fruits.
Exciting interaction of soft creaminess with racy, dancing fine acidity.
Precise with excellent structure and fine residual sweetness.
Finishes long with perfect smoothness, beautiful fruit and little spiciness.
Harmonious, balanced and complex!

5. Opinion:
Egon Müller excelled the high must weighs of the 2011 vintage.
His Riesling Kabinett shows smooth- and ripeness, but is highly complex and sophisticated as well. Great aromatics and flavors!
A joy now, but good for many years down the road.