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RIESsearchING at Balthasar Ress!

Hello there you Riesling fans,

In the mean time, I quited my job at Nathan… which means I’m searching for a new adventure!

For the time in between I’m working at Merkat and Cru!

Today I will be speaking about my RIESsearchING at Balthasar Ress:

Before we get started, I just wanted you guy’s to know you can lease a vine from Balthasar Ress!
I got wine for my birthday! So, you get a vine actually, and once a year you get an invitation to come and collect the bottle of your vine!
Or they will ship it to you as well.

Anyway!

 

They are situated in Hattenheim in the Rheingau on the Rhein river in Germany.
Christain Ress is already the 4the Generation of Ress, who leads the winery.
He also realizes different project like the Veritable wines. That helps other smaller wineries to get their wine out there!

Balthasar Ress is certified Bio now and is working towards Biodynamic. They want to make native wine.
This is what they envision as a wine where there is not being too much intervention. Thus, the terroir brings out, the grapes it’s own flavors. Likewise, only natural yeast is used in the cellars.

They produce a wine named RESSpect with a fancy label! And this is a wine produced in total respect for nature. No intervention what so ever (only the necessary intervention, as a small bit of sulfur added to the wine).
A really great initiative.

 

Anyway!

We went off our visit on the ground floor where the bottling machines are and packaging and shipping finds place.
Next floor the cellar!
Here all wine lies, some is still fermenting, others are in barrels, there are a bunch of very small stainless steel tanks, to really vinify every parcel separately.
You actually smell the wild yeasts working!

After our cellar visit. We had lunch with the staff there. They had sausages with their Pinot Noir processed in them.
And just some salad and some bread. It was nice to meet all these people.
Later we went to the old winery building a little further, where they still organize weddings and stuff.
They own a nice tasting room and great offices!

We also went trough the vineyards, where you discover that even the vines are not pruned very much. Because if you trim a part of your vine. Every time it asks to repair its self. Then why not just let it grow and just cut off the grape bunches that grow to many.
As well the soil is being looked after very well! Last year Juli and August were very rainy. Thus, they used a lot of chalk and copper sulfate already on the vines so they would not get mildews. This helped, but, most of what they were appropriated to use was already gone through. And the years not over, however!

                

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We got back to the new winery and we tasted a whole lot of their wines in the winery shop.

Their longstanding basic for the winery Von Unserm: which means from ours.
Is a really nice wine, dry, fresh fruits like apricots and peaches, some citrus as well. Very mineral medium body, quite complex and has a medium finish.

I also like to talk about the RESSpect 2014:
Medium dry, very concentrated apples, peaches, yeasty flavors. Full bodied, very complex, with a very long finish.
This is a biodynamic wine so this is a Riesling with characters which we would not give to a Riesling.
The matter also with biodynamic wines is that they have to have a malolactic fermentation to balance the wine out more!
Which also hens the fuller body!

We tasted a whole lot more wines, but as always! Buy them! Taste them! Love them!
I can tell about them, but it’s not the same as you taste them yourself!

For this visit I’d like to thank: Christian Ress, Clements von Eltz who showed us around! And the whole Balthasar Ress team!!!

If you want more information you can always ask me or visit the website: http://www.balthasar-ress.de/en/chronicle/

Enjoy your glass of Riesling, enjoy this blog and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Prowein 2017!!!

Hi Riesling Fans,

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Long time no see again…

But still busy! The restaurant is crazy busy, Riesling is flying around my ears!
And I’m starting up my wine vlog!

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So, a lot to do and to still see!

Today I am writing from the Scheldekaaien in the sun 😀
A little vacation feeling during work never hurts!

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I talk about Prowein Dusseldorf today!
I met a lot of new people, but also revisited some old friends!

I was on prowein with Tamara and my mom. It was great!

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We revisited Manuel Brixius, and his wife.
We tasted his new vintage that was fermenting earlier in November last year!
Amazing!
And we tasted his new range he makes for the Birds boy’s!
Also really nice! Amazing design and really crisp straight forward style of Riesling and Spätburgunder!

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The brand Birds also make some spirits based on the Riesling of Manuel which are great!

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We also saw Axel Pauly again, tasted his new vintages which are also in his very fresh, pure, dry style!

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A new person of interest: Stair’s and Roses!
They are Daniel Molitor of Weingut Viermorgenhof and Julia Justen (his wife) of Weingut Meulenhof. And they take the 2 wineries heritage and make assemblages of 2 famous Mosel vineyards: Erdener Treppchen and Kinheimer Rosenberg -> so Stair’s and Roses!
I think it’s so cool!

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They started with 3 wines: Struwwelpitter, Ohrenschwein and Feinherb Stair’s and Roses.
All wines have a great story behind them.
Struwwelpitter is a nighttime story for kids about a man who does not trim his nails and hair and becomes this ugly person with too long curled nails and hair that goes everywhere.
This story goes about the vines which are grown wild and biodanamic so, the vines aren’t trained and stuff. The wine is fresh fruity with a great acidity, is made of Riesling and Muller-Thurgau.
The Ohrenschwein, actually an Orange Wine. But the Germans can not say Orange wine so that’s why the Ohrenschwein also the Ohrensch stands for the pig ears. Quite funny!
This wine is a 100% Riesling, has orange zest flavors, almonds, a little oxidation, full bodied, very complex and great structured!
And the Stair’s and Roses also 100% Riesling, has honey flavors, apricots, mineral touch and a great acidity. Well balanced and different!
Love this new interesting wines!
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Also, we went to Balthasar Ress again. Tasted the new vintages, again amazing structured and amazing! The von Ursem Riesling became our favorite!

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We also went to Veritable wines they are also a part of Balthazar Ress!
I had an appointment with Eleonora Gotardi who is the new export manager of Balthasar Ress. She let me taste some more wines from earlier years, which became great! Honey characters and petrol just shot in your face! Amazing!
We also tasted the 2014 Resspect: a Biodanamically made Riesling so with Respect to nature. The Riesling is great structured, full bodied, earthy characters, but still fruity and well balanced!
Last but not least we tasted the Oestricher Doosberg Auslese Riesling from 1992!
So complex, minerality everywhere, a little mushroomy, yeasty also a little oxidized, but that’s a good kind of oxidation! Still a sweet touch on the back pallet, so complex!
Amazing, thank you Eleonora!

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We did so much more at prowein, so more next time!!!

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Enjoy your Riesling and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

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