$350.00 Per case of 6
Erich Weber and his son Johannes are one of the last producers making traditional Mosel Riesling. Not members of the VDP, Hofgut Falkenstein do things their own way, including delivering most of their wine across Germany themselves.
The Webers have been accruing top plots from around the villages of Niedermennig and Krettnach and currently farm around nine hectares, with a total of one hectare of ungrafted vines on mainly grey slate and quartz soils. Each vineyard is hand-harvested and the whole bunches are gently pressed, with the juice run off via gravity into old, wooden fuders for fermentation and ageing.
These are superb light and salty Rieslings – delicate and minerally. Made with natural ferments, in big barrels and with no pesticides or herbicides in the vineyards and minimal sulphur at bottling. Hofgut Falkenstein is one of the finest producers in Germany.
Six Pack contains 1 bottle each of the following:
1 x Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese ‘Feinherb’ 2020 (Palm AP-3)
The 2020er Niedermennig Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Palm (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label after the AP number) comes from 60-70-year-old vines in the south-facing Langenberg sector of the vineyard and was fermented down to off dry levels of residual sugar (29 g/l). It feels quite restrained and very smoky at first and only gradually reveals its hugely complex and multi-faceted nose of anise, vineyard peach, mint, cassis, white flowers, greengage, candied lime, rosemary, and almond. The wine is superbly well-balanced on the palate where a hint of whipped cream and white and yellow peach add to an overwhelming sense of complexity and finesse. One does not question the residual sugar at play as it is only a magic support for lightness, delicacy, and complexity. The hugely long and deep finish is very impressive. This is a modern-day legend in the making! 2024-2040. 96 points – Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 57
1 x Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2020 (Mutter Anna AP-1)
The 2020er Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken Mutter Anna (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label after the AP number) comes from 60-70-year-old vines. This wine proves still quite backward and driven by residual scents from its spontaneous fermentation. It takes a while to open up and reveal its refreshing, spicy, and floral nose of lime, gooseberry, freshly cut herbs, lavender, lime, green apple, and smoke. The wine is all about linearity, salty zest, and focus on the palate and leaves at this stage little beyond an animating feel tartness and bitter sweetness in the straight finish. This animating light-weighted yet intense fully dry-tasting Kabinett will require quite some years to reveal more depth but will remain one for lovers of racy Saar wines. 2024-2028+. 89 points – Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 57
1 x Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2020 (Enkers AP-7)
The 2020er 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 white 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. 2024-2035. 92 points – Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 57
1 x Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett 2020 (Kugel Peter AP-12)
The 2020er Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett Kugel Peter (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label after the AP number) was harvested at 82° Oechsle on 50-year-old grafted vines in the prime Gross Schock sector of the vineyard which was classified in the highest category on the old taxation maps, and was fermented down to barely fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (40 g/l). It offers a subtle and delicate nose of dried white flowers, herbs, star fruit, cherry, pine, and some earthy spices. The wine still proves rather reserved and compact on the palate as only hints of candied citrusy fruits, mint, and spices come through at this stage. The finish has more energy and focus and leaves a beautifully refreshing feel of precision and raciness. 2028-2040. 93 points – Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 57
1 x Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett ‘Feinherb’ 2020 (Herbert/Nepal AP-15)
The 2020er Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Feinherb Herbert (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label after the AP number) comes from 50-60-year-old vines in the Langenberg sector of the vineyard and was fermented down to off-dry levels of residual sugar (24 g/l). It feels quite aromatic, flowery, and even fruity as notes of white flowers, gooseberry, white peach, lime, and anise emerge from the glass. The wine proves nicely juicy and fruity side on the overall rather zesty palate and leaves a gorgeously light-footed feel wrapped into more supple and suave elements in the spicy finish. This off-dry Riesling proves already quite enjoyable but will only reveal its full potential in a few years. 2022-2030. 92 points – Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 57
1 x Falkensteiner “Pet-Nat” (Weissburgunder) 2020
The Pet Nat with lot number 21 22 comes from Weissburgunder fruit harvested in 2020 in the Niedermenniger Herrenberg and which was fermented in cask down to 10 g/l before being bottled and released without disgorgement. This wine proves hugely fizzy so be careful open opening as it will spring out of the bottle! Once this excitement is over, one is rewarded with a yellow hazy wine with moderate amounts of bubbles and a gorgeous nose blending pear, a hint of stewed apple, citrusy fruits, herbs, and spices. Where this wine truly shines is on the palate. One gets the bubbly feel of a Pet Nat but all that delivered with stunning aromatic precision and subtlety. The finish is juicy, almost bone dry, and hugely animating. A touch of tartness and chalky firmness rounds off the pleasure in the aftertaste. If Pet Nat AND subtle Sekt are your thing, look no further. Now-2023. 91 points – Mosel Fine Wines, Issue 57