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RIESsearchING @ Timo Dienhart Roemerkelter!

Hi Riesling friendz, 

 

Again… 

Long time no see… 

Work was taking up all my time. But it’s getting better now!

 

Also, some exciting news. L’Air Du Temps (my boss) harvested their vineyard for the first time this year  

 

 

 

(I was there too) and so, the fermentation of the own wine is on its way!  

I’m so happy I could of been part of this! 

 

 

 

But now!  

More time to get to the things that really matter like Riesling! 

 

Thus, on my last visit to the Mosel! 

I visited Timo Dienhart at Roemerkelter at Maring-Novinand at the Mosel. 

It was a revelation.  

He works totally Biodynamic and he sustains a real straight vision of it! 

 

First, we visited his cellar. 

 

 

 

He owns lots of stainless steel tanks, and he has these rare stone tanks.  

 

 

 

Almost, like a huge Genever bottle, specially built for his grandfather! 

It does great things to the wine because of the material and of the unique shape these pots have. 

He wanted to let make some more… But this is so expensive… its unreal! 

 

After we got in his van and we drove to the vineyards. 

I have been by this vineyard site before because Manuel Brixius has some vineyard here too. 

Loving the view! 

While where driving trough the vineyard plots, Timo get’s almost nervous explaining how there should be planting in between the rows of vines. 

 

His vineyard plots look indeed totally different as the other ones. As he explains: they look death… 

Not even some grass in between…  

Thusly, you can see in between he’s rows are herbs and grass. This is very important to get nutrients and air in the ground for the vines. 

 

He tore out some clovers and showed us super little bubbles in between the roots. This is what we look for this is a healthy soil with adequate nutrients it will not come short of anything. 

(I did not take a pic of this… I’m so sorry! I’ll try to find one of the people who were with me) 

 

Later on, our intense vineyard trip. 

We came to maybe the most important part of our visit! 

Tasting some wines! 

My mom has visited Timo already before.  

So, I already knew he makes super great wines! 

Like all Mosel producers, he produces a lot! 

Simply, everything is of fantastic quality! 

I already know he’s Crémant Brut Grand Réserve, this is made from Pinot Noir has a super fine mousse, the autolyse character of brioche, yeasty touch… is unbelievable, it also has a fuityness like red fruits but also super ripe apple. Long finish (for a sparkling wine) 

 

 

We tasted also he’s Riesling Sekt: 

Mineral, herbal, a honey touch, fruity, a high acidity, a nice mousse and nice body! 

Really great! 

 

 

2 Bee Sekt: 

Has a much darker color as the sekt before while it’s also Riesling. 

The fruits detected are also much riper, honey is more to the foreground, the autolyse notes are greater here, the mineral character stays and it also had a high acidity. 

The mousse is even more creamier and the body fuller and the finish longer! 

 

We also tasted a lot more, but what really got my attention! 

We tasted the Steinzeug Riesling, Natural and normal (normal is with added sulfur) 

These are 2 totally different wines!

 

The Steinzeug Natural: 

Is dry with a high acidity, has herbal notes, ripe stone fruits like peaches, also a yeasty touch, has a full body and a long finish 

The Steinzeug with sulfur added: 

To me was more off dry, still has the ripe stone fruits, a mineral touch which was cleaner (not better for this reason, also not worse) more floral as herbal notes, had a medium body, still the high acidity and a not so long lasting finish. 

If you can taste it next to each other like this it’s super cool! 

Now it looks like I didn’t like the one with added sulfur… 

But I really did! If you taste these two wines totally separate, these are just two great wines. If you taste them next to each other, you create a preference… 

I preferred the Steinzeug Natural. 

But it’s up to you! 

Everyones taste is different 

(Thank god) 

 

Anyway! I really loved my visit here! If you have the time to go visit him if you’re around. 

Please do!  

I want to thank Timo Dienhart for his super hospitality and great explanations, tour and everything! 

 

If you want more information! 

You can always contact me. Also, over the social mediums @riessearching 

Or visit the website: http://www.roemerkelter.de 

 

You Riesling fan’s keep reading with a nice glass of Riesling and  

We will RIESs each other the next RIESsearchING!  

RIESsearchING at Robert Weil!

Hi Riesling lovers,

Obviously, it’s been far too long.

 

In the mean time I have been RIESsearchING for over 2 years now! I still love it so much!
Only time is what stands in my way from time to time…

 

 

Also, I passed my WSET sparkling examination!
Next up is Spirits again… Which I am starting for right this second! It’s not that much, but it just does not interest me at all! = Problem! I don’t drink this ever! But I guess I need to the next couple of weeks.

This RIESsearchING is about my visit at Robert Weil!

They are situated in Kiedrich in the Reingau in Germany. The winery stands on a beautiful property! Huge even!

We were first taken to the back where we could see the vineyards from the balcony, The Kiedricher Turmberg
Which is real steep and has slate, loess and loam as soil.
Also the vineyard Kiedrich Gräfenberg you can see from here, this one is quite steep also, with a loess and loam base, has some stony components and phyllite in the soil.
The other vineyard the Kiedrich

Klosterberg is on the other side of the street what we could not see from where we were standing. This vineyard is more in the direction of Eltville. This soil is made up of colored slate, phyllite and some volcanic elements.
The full amount of hectares owned by the winery is 20 ha! This is a lot!

Then we went downstairs to the cellar! First cellar floor where huge stainless steel tanks and a reasonable amount of them!
We too saw the pneumatic presses, they had 3 or 4!


The next floor where barrels and the stock of the winery!
There was also a newer cellar, part with special temperature controlled barrels! In a state of the art room which also had a wall where water was run over to control the humidity in the cellar!

We eventually came back up! And had a tasting in a nice tasting room!

We tasted all there Rieslings (they only make Riesling). Also, we tasted a special bottle!
An Auslese from 2004!
This one is very mineral, complex, full bodied, sweet, but with a nice balancing acidity, dried fruits (like apricot, peaches) a little nutty also. So much Pertol! Love it! And a superb long finish!
Great wine!

They also have Sekt made by Solter. Which have been aged for 18 months sur lattes.
This one is very dry, has a lot of small bubbles, apple, honey, bread, brioche taste also quite mineral and has a creamy, medium finish!
Also great!

I could go on about the others, but you can buy them almost in every country! Then, buy and taste the greatness of Robert!

I also got a little gift after visiting the winery, which I am very thankful for!
I too want to thank Nicolas Pfaff, who set up the visit for us!

If you want any additional information, please contact me or visit the website: http://www.weingut-robert-weil.com

Thank’s for reading and I see you the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Ansgar Clüsserath!

Hi Riesling fans!

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Again, a long time ago.
Still working my butt off at Restaurant Nathan!
But hard work makes me a better Sommelier everyday!

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It’s almost a year ago I went for winery visits to Germany.
But still I have wineries to tell you guy’s about!
One more in the Mosel, Ansgar Clüsserath in the village Trittenheim.

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This is RIESsearchING at Angsar Clüsserath!

We were shown around the winery by Mrs. Clüsserath. She did not speak English, but that was not so bad. Because German and Flemish is quite alike.
The wine is made by Ansgar’s daughter Eva Clüsserath-Wittman. She studied oenology at the Univerity of Geisenheim in the Rheingau. She also worked at a great VDP winery in the Pfalz region.
Today she divides her time between Trittenheim and Westhoffen in the Rheinhessen, where the winery Wittman of her husband is established.

Mom showed us the cellars and storing where Ansgar was working!
Always working, she said. I suppose like everyone who has his own business.

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Later we went to the tasting room which had an idyllic interior of wine things.

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I already knew the sweet wines Auslese and Spetlese from Ansgar Clüsserath from working with at Lam en Yin! Loved the sweet wines! So, the dry wines must be good as well was my thought.
We tasted almost everything!

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We started with the Weissburgunder or Pinot Blanc. A bunch of wineries in the Mosel plant Weissburgunder as well as Riesling. Because Weissburgunder also reflects the great minerality of the soil!
The wine was dry, white fruits, mineral, high acidity and a long finish!

We tasted the Riesling Vom Schiefer Trocken 2014 and 2015!
Love to taste 2 years next to each other!
Both were very mineral driven, fruity (apricots and white fruits) but 2014 has more Petrol aroma’s which I enjoy so much!

Steinreich Riesling Trocken 2014 is more off-dry, very mineral and fruity and a honey note.
The 2015 is drier, but has a bitter touch to it, which will disappear with age. You can already taste the potential of this wine!

The Vom Schiefer Feinherb is a lot sweeter, but however with fresh fruits like fresh peaches, green apples.
Still holds a nice minerality and a medium finish!

Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Feinherb is sweeter with a high acidity is also really concentrated and will have a long finish in time.

We also tasted the whole Trittenheimer Apotheke range.
Which exists off: Apotheke Kabinett Riesling 2015, Apotheke Spätlese 2015 and Apotheke Auslese Goldkapsel 2015.
These ones are all sweeter, more concentrated and more compote of fruits, dried fruits, honey, yeasty from the botrytisch.
Nevertheless a little young, but have wonderful potential! Absolutely enjoy the wines!
I took almost one of each with me!
But no problemo! Here in Belgium they are distributed by Vinikus en Lazarus.

We also tasted a grape liquor they make. Very sweet, very concentrated grapey flavors and candied apple and peaches. Absolutely addicting! Love it!

We purchased quite an amount of wine, but that happens when you taste great ones!

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Thank you at everybody at Ansgar Clüsserath for the hospitality and for making great Riesling!

If you would like some more information about the winery, please visit their website:
www.ansgar-cluesserath.de or contact me!

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