95 points John Gilman, View from the Cellar
The sole Wehlener Sonnenuhr bottling from the Schaefers this year is a Spätlese, and what a Spätlese it is! The numbers here are seventy grams per liter of residual sugar to buffer 11.5 grams per liter of acidity and seven percent alcohol, with the wine as seamless and vibrant as one can imagine. The wine offers up a beautiful and classic nose of pear, delicious apple, vanilla bean, white flowers, bee pollen and a marvelous base of slate. On the palate the wine is medium-full, vibrant and laser-like in its focus, with great purity of fruit, salty minerality and great grip and bounce on the very long, perfectly balanced finish. A great bottle in the making. 2022-2075.
94+ points, Mosel Fine Wines
"The 2017er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese exhibits a most beautiful nose of orange, apricot flower, ripe yellow peach, minty herbs and pear. The wine is gorgeously juicy and light on the palate, yet gradually shows more depth and intensity which is nicely wrapped into a creamy and delicate structure. The finish is long and delicately smooth. We would not be surprised if this stunning Spätlese would eventually warrant a higher rating at maturity, once the refined and elegant side will have fully come through. 2027-2047."