The 2019er Hofberg Auslese*, as it is referred to on the consumer label, is a selection of botrytized grapes (40%) harvested at 116° Oechsle from the main hill of the vineyard, and was fermented to down noble-sweet levels of residual sugar. It offers a beautifully restrained yet finely aromatic and complex nose of minty herbs, spices, candied pineapple, smoke, lead pencil, pink grapefruit, a hint of apricot, and greengage. The wine proves superbly balanced on the sweet palate, where rich and honeyed yellow fruits and almond cream are wrapped into a blanket of zesty candied fruits. The finish is pure, precise, and gorgeously well-delineated. This “Auslese lange GK” styled wine is a sublime dessert wine in the making.