The Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken comes from 50-60 year old vines in the Enkers part of the vineyard. It displays a beautifully flowery, spicy and herbal nose of whote peach, cassis, thyme, citronella, verbena, white pepper, and smoke. The wine develops finely zesty and flowery flavors on the superbly light and almost airy palate leaves a great sense of fruity smoothness in the nicely precise and zesty finish. The aftertaste has great focus and is packed with multi-layered and superbly playful flavors. This is a great dry Riesling. - Mosel Fine Wines
We've been following the wines of Hofgut Falkenstein for a few years now and have had the pleasure of trying a few bottles across each of the recent releases, including a magnum at one of our most recent staff parties. Each time we have been struck by the clarity and pure pleasure these wines offer.
The Weber family has been at the helm of this estate since the mid eighties with father and son team, Erich and Johannes now running all aspects of the estate. They farm a variety of sites across the Mosel and Saar, mostly focussing on Riesling however there are small holdings of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir too. Their vineyards pristine with a focus on biodiversity, shunning the use of herbicides and pesticides across the 9ha of land they farm.
Simplicity is the key for them. Winemaking is very straightforward without adjustments and sulfur is kept to a minimum. Whole bunches are pressed into old foudre via gravity for settling and then racked into its site specific foudre (designated by AP number) for ageing. Keen fans of their wines seek specific bottlings via the number as they have their preference and can see the evolution of the terroir and the vessel.
We were lucky enough to receive a small selection of each of the wines imported into Australia this year and highly recommend you give these a try. - Pete L
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