Towards the end of the harvest, Konstantin and Alexandra decided to delay the harvest of a whole terrace of wines in the Ellergrub in the expectation of making an Auslese from botrytised grapes. But no botrytis came, so they picked the grapes and fermented them to dryness, leaving them on their lees for two years before bottling. The result is quite extraordinary: the ‘regular’ dry wine from here, the ‘Grosse Eule’ is marked by a powerful phenolic structure, but here the ageing has rounded the edges, leaving a pure, very intense and supremely elegant wine with a superfine minerality. It has enormous depth and concentration, but an ethereal quality too, lots of energy and a fantastically long finish. A very exciting accident – may it become an annual occurrence!