Pale golden yellow. Subdued bouquet of passion fruit, nut oil and acacia blossom.The lusciously sweet tropical fruits are highlighted by a refreshing gingery acidity that keeps the palate light in spite of the wine’s impressive density. Elegant, airy and aristocratic rather than overblown, this auslese finishes astoundingly long, on a note of spicy botrytis.
Robert Parker 92-94
The 2005 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, unlike its Himmelreich counterpart, was relatively shrouded in fermentative aromas on the occasion of my tasting, but site- and vintage-typical suggestions of baked apple and vanilla were clearly in evidence, and even more so on the palate, where dripping florality, vanilla cream, and nut paste add considerable allure. The finish here is formidably long and polished, with complexities of flowers, spices, and mineral already very clearly in evidence. This is another sure bet for at least three decades of bottle maturation from an impeccably consistent source.