John Gilman (View from the cellar): “The 2014 ‘regular’ Auslese from the Rausch is another very beautiful example of the vintage. There is a very gentle glazing of clean botrytis evident here on both the nose and palate, with the wine offering up a lovely bouquet of pineapple, lemon, honeycomb, salty soil tones, white flowers and a dollop of slate minerality in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and marvelously filigreed, with a great core, vibrant acids and outstanding length and grip on the perfectly balanced and focused finish. This wine carries eighty-four grams per liter of residual sugar and 9.1 grams per liter of acidity and should age beautifully. 2020-2055+.” 94+/100 pts
Wine Advocate: “In total, four fuders have been produced of the 2014 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese, which is a selection of partly shriveled berries. The wine starts pretty clear and flinty on the finely concentrated nose, where lemon peel and stony aromas are displayed. This digestible Auslese reveals a great finesse and mineral complexity with confit au citron flavors in the finish that has a lovely salinity.
Zilliken harvested everything in October, he started around the 5th and 6th, and finished around the 25th. Hanno says botrytis came only late in the old vines on single sticks. The top quality was an Auslese GK. Alcohol levels are moderate, if not low–due to the high extracts. The GG was picked with 95° Oechsle, but was bottled as a dry wine with just 11.5% of final alcohol, whereas the 2015 brought 12.5% alcohol from the same must weight. All the wines are straightly pressed, with no maceration time, to keep the pure, lean and straight house style. Only the QbA was chaptalized.” 93/100 pts
Falstaff: “Feinstes Fruchtspiel aus exotischen Früchten: Konfierte Mango, Ananas und Passionsfrucht. Muskatblüten. Fantastisch klarer Geschmack mit herbfrischem Fruchtkern und markanter, treibender Säure. Verspricht Großes, benötigt Zeit. Großer Klassiker.” 92/100 pts