Wéingut Max Ferdinand Richter, Riesling Spätlese, QmP, Erdener Treppchen , Mosel, Germany, 2017
For 300 years, the Richter family has owned and farmed vineyards in the central Mosel area. Working 40 acres of vines, they are masters of their craft and have consistently produced some of the region’s best Rieslings. The sharp 'V' of the Mosel valley cuts through the landscape leaving steep slopes where the vineyards are planted. It offers great potential for wine, but a greater challenge to cultivate and harvest. Using all their accumulated knowledge over the generations, the Richters’ fastidiously work the land, focusing on small crop sizes, all-natural fertilizers and other sustainable practices to achieve a pristine crop each year. The work in the cellar shows the same attention to detail, with gentle pressing and slow temperature-controlled fermentation in traditional old oak barrels (fuders). This careful, deliberate process preserves the quality of the grapes, develops the unique character of the single-vineyard cuvées, and gives the wine exceptional longevity.
This fruity Spätlese Riesling comes from vineyards clinging to steep rocky slopes in the priviledged Busslay sector, accessable only by narrow stairs (Treppchen) carved into the hillsides around the town of Erden. But the hard work of tending to these vines is well rewarded. The ferruginous, red slate stone terroir produces racy wines with great complexity, showing intense yet spicy minerality and balance. As the saying goes, the route to the highest quality Riesling is reached by a treacherous, steep path.
Vinification starts with gentle pressing and slow temperature controlled fermentation in traditional old oak barrels (fuders). This careful, deliberate process preserves the quality of the grapes, develops the unique character of the single-vineyard cuvees, and gives the wine exceptional longevity. The wine is finished in very old german fudres to allow for some oxidation rather than to impart any oak flavours.
Time: Three Months; Type: Very Old German Oak 100 Litres; % oaked: 100; % new oak: None;
A beautifully flamboyant nose of cassis, white peach, spices and flora. The wine develops the delicately creamy side of an Auslese on the palate. A fresh and racy zestness along with a vibrant, intense and gorgeously playful finish.
Apéritif, pâtés, fruit dessert, light cheese (Brie, Camembert)