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.
Pack contains one bottle each of the following:
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2019
The 2019er Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken Mutter Anna (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label) comes from 60-70-year-old vines. This bright-colored wine offers a gorgeous nose made of lemon, white peach, apple, a hint of minty herbs, chalky minerals, and quite some floral elements. It is fully racy to the point of almost being sharp on the palate, but leaves a stunningly intense feel of lemon, grapefruit, and minerals in the long and delicately tart finish. The aftertaste is airy and driven by lemony zest. This light-footed dry Kabinett will appeal to lovers of racy wines. 2022-2031. 91 pts – Mosel Fine Wines
2019 Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett
The 2019er Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett Athuro (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label) was harvested at 83° Oechsle from 15 year-old vines in the prime Euchariusberg 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 (approx. 40 g/l). It offers a stunning nose made of citrusy fruits, red berried fruits, herbs, spices, and wet stone. The wine proves superbly precise on the racy and focused palate as more orchard fruits mingle with minerals and some firm but ripe acidity. The finish is all about lemony raciness, subtle minerality and precision. This stunning Kabinett may prove already quite irresistible now, but it will only truly come into its own in a few years, after the flavors will have blossomed and blended together, and the sharpness receded: What a superb success! 2026-2049 (Reprint from Mosel Fine Wines Issue No 51 – May 2020). 95 pts – Mosel Fine Wines
Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2019
The 2019er Krettnacher Altenberg Spätlese Riesling Trocken (known internally as “Fuder Altenberg”) comes from 50-year-old vines in the Enkers sector of the vineyard. It offers a gorgeous even if still slightly reduced nose made of green apple, vineyard peach, grapefruit, mirabelle, red berried fruits, and wet stone. The wine is beautifully intense on the palate despite only having a low 11.5% alcohol, and leaves a stunning feel of fruits and minerals in the racy and laser-sharp finish. This is a gorgeous and beautifully light-footed dry Saar Riesling which only needs a few years to smoothen its edges. 2022-2034. 92 pts – Mosel Fine Wines
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese ‘Feinherb’ 2019
The 2019er Niedermennig Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb Palm (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label) 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 (28 g/l). This bright colored wine offers a stunningly pure and deep nose made of vineyard peach, mirabelle, apricot, ripe apple, grapefruit, and fines spices. The wine is marvelously precise and pure on the palate, where lemon zest, more apricot blossom, herbal elements, white peach, an ever-so-slight touch of whipped cream, and zesty acidity are in perfect harmony. The finish is all about precision, vibration, and persistence. What a huge success! 2024-2039. 94 pts – Mosel Fine Wines
Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese 2019
The 2019er Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese AP 14 (known internally as “Fuder Ternes”) comes from fruit harvested at a moderate 88° Oechsle from old vines in the prime Gross Schock sector of the vineyard, and was fermented down to fruity-styled levels of residual sugar (56 g/l). It offers a magnificent nose made of white peach, lemon zest, pear, wet stone, white flowers, and fine spices. The wine is delicately creamy on the zesty and refreshing palate, and leaves a stunningly playful feel of fine herbs and spices in the finish. The after-taste is just amazingly light and playful. This is all about juicy vibrancy! And guess what, it this holds all its promises, it could even warrant a higher rating at maturity. The potential is there: What a huge success! 2029-2059 (Reprint from Mosel Fine Wines Issue No 51 – May 2020). 97 pts – Mosel Fine Wines
Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Auslese 2019
The 2019er Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Auslese Förster (the reference to this internal cask name is provided in small print on the label) was made from clean fruit harvested early at 92° Oechsle from young vines in the prime Gross Schock sector of the vineyard, and was fermented down to sweet levels of residual sugar (76 g/l of residual sugar). It offers a gorgeous nose made of white peach, pear, apricot blossom, white minerals, herbs, and slate. The wine starts off with a touch of whipped cream on the palate before a great kick of zesty acidity and citrusy fruits brings raciness and energy to the experience. The stunning finish proves tart, sweet, and above all packed with fresh fruits and herbs. This amazing “drinking Auslese” in the making proves simply stunningly light and refreshing! 2029-2059. 96 pts – Mosel Fine Wines
2019 is indeed a vintage made for Falkenstein. The wines shine through lightness and aromatic density. While the wines are marked by acidity, we feel that it is not as “edgy” as in some other recent vintages. These wines are fully retro and hence also not as approachable in their youth as in some other, more opulent vintages. The highlight of the collection is the otherworldly Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb Meyer Nepal (AP 11), which is simply the archetype of the refined off-dry wine. Also, the Spätlese are stunning, as are the Kabinett. The dry wines are transparent and light, yet packed with flavors. This is a defining vintage for this Estate and one which will go down in the annals of Mosel wine. Whoever wants the lightness of the great Mosel wines from the 1990s should buy these wines in bulk and have the discipline to let them age for a decade.” Mosel Fine Wines No.52 June 2020