Profound. Brown glass bottle. Cork fully saturated with very noticeable seepage, and the strong smell of brown sugar on the outside of the cork. Beautiful golden yellow, and much more yellow than gold. This is still young, unbelievably. Slow-oxed for three hours, then double decanted for one, and it still took two hours to open up. Tight at first, strongly acidic, and appearing thin and understated. Finally emerged to glorious baked apples, cotton candy, marzipan, wet wool, lemon infused Lipton tea, deep ripe honeyed tropical fruits, kumquat, carambola, lime, flint, smoke, dank rotting pineapples in the rainforest, molasses, on and on - all perfectly interwoven. Supernally long, uncannily complex, still taut, and spectacular to the last fume. A genuine masterpiece, this is a testament to anyone that says Helmut's wines don't age. Shockingly good, and a revelation. The highest rating I've ever given a white wine, this is solidly 99pts, and I'm probably being stingy.
Alarming dark gold color. Pleasant nose of baked apples, honey and dried apricots. Pleasant attack, but after the initial impact, the flavors slips away into a watery black hole. Not flabby, but not sharp either... flat, but not without acids; hard to describe. Not bad, but surprisingly evolved and short.
Nice aromas of dried apricots, diesel, pineapple and other dried tropical fruits. Nice thick attack on the palate, but a rather soft middle and clipped finish. A bit of a metallic bitterness on the short finish as well.
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