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