The 2018 Erdener Herzlei Riesling Spätlese Alte Reben (Gold Capsule) is from Hermann's oldest vineyard that is populated with 125-year-old vines on blue-gray slate, with 10,000 vines per hectare. The bouquet is deep, smoky/flinty, very intense and generous but super precise. On the palate, this is a lush, super precise, elegant and persistently salty Spätlese with a piquant, lush, highly stimulating finish. This is a fabulous, tropically-flavored Herzlei that should be in the cellar of any serious Riesling aficionado. Just two fuders (2,700 bottles) were produced. The wine was bottled in early March with 7.5% alcohol, 95 grams per liter of residual sugar and a total acidity of 6.4 grams per liter. Tasted in March 2019.
96 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)