From a half bottle, the cork shows some wine travel- no qualms; the label is cellar-scuffed, but the contents are much more important.
The colour is bright gold, with abundant, tantalising stewed apricot, cinnamon spice, pineapple and dark honey. This is class! Reinhard and Beate Knebel (Mosel, Germany) have no trouble delivering wines with an abundance of richness, but with the harmonious balancing acid to provide delight.
The palate is palatial and unctuous (with 190 g/l of residual sugar, somewhat atypically abundant for an Auslese, but I am not complaining). Apricot, quince, honey, wrapped with cinnamon and faint vanilla pod spices. Fresh and smooth, from a fairly typical recent Mosel vintage, this is a startling reminder of the lush featherlight excellence of a sweet Riesling, full of flavour with modest alcohol.
Match with a fruit platter or by just by itself for delightful contemplation.
Drink to 2030, 95 points and I am jealous of anyone that has some bottles remaining.