Jancis Robinson: “From 50+ year old vines. Analysis is similar to the non Goldkapsel bottling but all the difference is from the plot (darker slate, apparently). Intense and very sweet and honeyed. Deeper minerality. Elegant.” 18.5/20 pts
Wine Advocate: “From the oldest vines, the 2015 Felseneck Riesling Spätlese Gold Capsule is deep, very precise and smoky on the nose. On the palate, this is a pure and highly finessed Riesling with a frisky and light character, lots of salt and piquant, very stimulating acidity. This Spätlese was picked a week before the Felseneck GG Rieslings and you don’t feel the residual sugar that is just analytically high.
For Tim Frohlich, 2015 was “an uncomplicated, picture book vintage that we would take every year.” Indeed, his Rieslings are characterized by full ripeness, intense fruit flavors, precision, finesse and vitality. “The wines taste like the grapes we picked,” said Tim. “To me, 2015 is the finest vintage of my career. Even more, there is almost no chance to top these wines I fear…” According to Tim, the rainfalls were distributed perfectly in 2015: “The grapes were ripe and the acidity was perfect, too. The resulting wines display precise fruit flavors and have a great concentration… The cold autumn nights were crucial to keep the freshness and acidity, whereas we received the ripeness earlier. We rarely had an autumn where we kept the grapes on the vines that long! Botrytis was perfect. But, we had so many healthy grapes! We picked raisins without botrytis, so as a result, we have a great precision even in the noble sweet wines. This is due to the thin skins of the golden-yellow Riesling berries, especially in the Halenberg and Felseneck where the grapes were concentrated in between days. The perfect conditions lead to shorter maceration times. The wines had power and structure enough, there was absolutely no need to adjust anything.” 94/100 pts
John Gilman (View from the Cellar): “The 2015 Goldkapsel Spätlese this year hails from a similar section of the vineyard and the grapes were brought in on the same day, but this is an old vine selection of forty-five to fifty year old vines. The wine is very, very pure and saw no botrytis, delivering a superb aromatic constellation of white cherries, citrus zest, a gorgeous base of slate minerality, white lilies and an exotic touch of gentle spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and even racier than the “regular” Spätlese, with a more reserved personality out of the blocks, excellent focus and grip and simply stunning mineral drive on the very long, dancing and impressively delicate finish. Great juice. 2020 2050.” 94+/100 pts