Mosel Fine Wines (David Rayer and Jean Fisch): “This wine offers a superbly elegant and complex feel of citrusy fruits, a hint of coconut, minty herbs and slate on the nose. It proves medium-bodied on the palate, where zesty acidity provides the right counter-weight to delicately silky and ripe and creamy yellow fruits. A further kick of acidity comes through in the after-taste and livens up the whole experience. The presence and aromatic ripeness are that of a delicately clean and light Auslese. But the finesse and elegance are simply to die for as the wine lingers on long after having been tasted! It is still on the rich side at this stage but will prove a stunner at maturity. What a great effort in the making! 2025-2040” 94/100 pts
Mosel Fine Wines (David Rayer and Jean Fisch): Wine of the month august 2016!
“The 2015 Rausch Spätlese was harvested at a full 98° Oechsle and has the presence of a clean Auslese. Yet, what makes this wine so fascinating is that it manages to retain a great sense of fresh ripeness which reminds of the 1997 Zilliken wines, only with more acidity (lovers of Zilliken will know that this is also one of the Estate’s great successes).
This Spätlese proves a highlight … within a 2015 highlight collection. Anyone lucky enough to put their hands on a few bottles and with the patience to let the wines mature will be in for a great moment of Riesling in 10-20 years’ time.
John Gilman (View from the Cellar ): “The two Rausch Spätlesen from 2015 are extremely special from the Zillikens this year. The “regular” bottling is flat out stunning, soaring from the glass in a vibrant mélange of pineapple, a touch of white cherry, bee pollen, saline slate tones and a topnote of lime zest. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and filigreed, with a lovely core, great mineral drive, bright acids and a very long, perfectly focused and electric finish. A marvelous wine. 2020-2050” 94/100 pts