Hofgut Falkenstein "Niedermenniger Herrenberg" Weissburgunder Spätlese Trocken 2019
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Hofgut Falkenstein "Niedermenniger Herrenberg" Weissburgunder Spätlese Trocken 2019

Mosel, DE

$27.00

Bone dry, steely citrus and underripe pear in this low intervention Weissburgunder from the Mosel.  Drink some comme apéritif ou avec du poisson, but don't call it Pinot Blanc.

100% Weissburgunder

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Producer
Hofgut Falkenstein "Niedermenniger Herrenberg" Weissburgunder Spätlese Trocken 2019

Erich Weber of Hofgut Falkenstein makes ultra-traditional, dry-tasting Saar Rieslings. He likes to call himself “Winzer Weber.” (Winzer is German for winegrower.) In other words, the emphasis is on the work in his vineyards, where he spends most of his days. With his tan and rugged face, he looks the part, too. Since his middle son, Johannes, has joined him full-time, there has been more of a focus on Rieslings with residual sugar. In recent years, their wines have also caught the attention of critics, both in and outside Germany.

 

Erich and Johannes let ambient yeasts ferment the musts in old oak casks in a deep, cool, and damp cellar with moldy stone walls, and most of the wines end up either naturally dry (trocken) or off-dry (feinherb). Hofgut Falkenstein, therefore, is one of the rare Saar producers that specializes in distinctive, bracing, light, dry or dry-tasting Rieslings, bottled traditionally by the cask. The bone-dry Rieslings are brisk. All the wines have a ripe, racy, and well-integrated acidity from low yields and old vines. The key is a good grape.

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