2015 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Goldkapsel Auslese
Riesling •Erdener Treppchen
Okay lovers of wine of all kinds, let’s get the record straight first – this wine is SWEET! Just like the INSANE DEAL that comes with it. So, if you have an aversion for sugar, look elsewhere. It’s an Auslese which is a very, very late harvest with a fair amount of noble rot when picked, and the capsule color is GOLD which means it’s a super special bottling with more Botrytis than your average Auslese.
Ever had that PERFECT lemonade on a hot day? Where does all the sugar go when the fresh and abundant lemon juice takes the balance to a sublime and delicate zero sugar feel? That nirvana-like state is akin to ZERO-G and this wine has it.
Tons of almost subliminal sweetness, hidden ethereally.
No wonder Christian Hermann learned to make these jewelry-like concoctions at the greatest of wineries such as JJ Prum, Willi Schafer, and Dr. Loosen. Do yourself a favor and try a bottle. We know that you WILL come back for more, when we hope it will still be around. Just like that chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in the freezer, this sublime treat will haunt you for days and nights on end.
At a loss for words describing this UVO (unidentified vinous object) accurately. Digging into the glorious praise of the press we can’t help but agree that what we have here is; “a laser beam of an Auslese—so perfectly focused, intense and energetic…” so without further ado, let’s allow these brilliant cellar visit notes take over…
97 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Christian Hermann has once again produced one of the finest sweet wine collections in Germany in 2015. The TBAs from the Erdener Prälat and the Erdener Treppchen are close to perfection. Harvest started on October 3rd, because there was a bit of botrytis and Christian Hermann feared another 2013 or 2014 vintage, with great pressure to get everything in before the grapes were rotten on the vines. The harvest team started with the quality wines and most of the Kabinetts, whereas just a bit of botrytis was selected. Due to the good weather conditions, the predicates were picked no earlier than from mid-October onward. ‘The grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy,’ Hermann says. ‘We took off the leaves after the flowering to get robust skins. So there was not much botrytis in the end, only tiny quantities, but the quality was perfect.’ Christian Hermann has produced no less than 30 TBAs since 2003, but, as he states, ‘2015 was unique. The musts cleared very quickly and I did not use much sulfur since it was perfectly bonded.’ Next to Loosen and Molitor, Hermann cultivates the oldest vines in the very best parcels of Erden and Ürzig; you can easily taste this in the Spätlesen, which are pretty sweet, but incredibly lush and intense. Picked early (in mid-October) with often just 10% of botrytis, the 2015 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule is very clear, fresh and concentrated on the nose, with complex slate and citrus-fruit aromas; it also has a cool precision that almost reminds me of an ice wine. Super piquant and elegant on the palate, this is a laser beam of an Auslese—so perfectly focused, intense and energetic, with so much salt and tension. But it also has a generously lush and perfectly balanced fruit. This is a great and finessed Auslese and pretty unique in its style. Total acidity is 9.9 grams per liter. Just one fuder has been produced, so roughly 1,000 liters. The same picking of the 4.2 hectares brought 100 liters of Trockenbeerenauslese. Drink 2017-2056.
What the Winery Says
- Christian Hermann
- 100% Riesling
- Mosel, Germany
- Erdener Treppchen
- blue slate, iron-infused red, grey, and clay-slate
- Vine age
- 25-30 years old
- 9.9 g/l
- Residual sugar
- 114 g/l
- 12 months in 100% stainless steel on fine lees
- 25 cases