The 2018 Erdener Prälat Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Alte Reben (Long Gold Capsule) is an assemblage of a selection that came in with a spectacular 321° Oechsle, which even shocked winemaker Christian Hermann, who had never picked sweeter grapes. He decided to blend this ten-liter part with a 50-liter selection that was made for Beerenauslese and weighed in at 200+° Oechsle "to get a digestible wine instead of a spread," as Hermann says. The final TBA displays a radiant golden color and opens with a super clear, intense, elegant, concentrated and zesty bouquet that intermixes stewed apricot and orange zest aromas with lemon rind and spicy, even peppery dark chocolate and wet stone notes. After two days, this TBA still isn't really shy but is discreet and, in a way, mysterious in its flavors. Very rich and oily yet highly refined and balanced on the palate, this is an enormously generous but also refined, piquant and tensioned Prälat TBA that develops a great and intense finish with sustainable finesse. The wine was bottled with 6% alcohol and no less than 478 grams of residual sugar and 9.9 grams of residual sugar. Tasted a week after the bottling in July 2019.