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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!

RIESsearchING at Dr. H. Thanisch

Hi Riesling lovers,

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Today another winery I visited on the Mosel in Germany.
RIESsearchING at Docter H. Thanisch!

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We visited the Docter Cellar behind the picturesque village of Bernkastel-Keus.
First, we saw the vineyards. Erik Rundquist let us discover the Doctor vineyard which also has a Roman Presshouse up the hill and is restored for touristic visits.
Besides, they do everything organic in the vineyards sins a year.
This year they stopped spraying by helicopter and perform almost everything by hand.
There is no other option cause the hill is so steep!

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We were greeted at the cellar door by his wife Barbara Rundquist-Müller.
The cellar door tells the story of the winery.
An elected Prins, Kurfürst was very ill and no one could heal him. Then he went to his castle on the Mosel.
A winemaker gave him a barrel of his finest wine and said to the prince this was the best medicine in the world.
The day after he drunk the wine the prince was better and called the winemaker to his caste and called the winemaker his Docter and gave him a vineyard that he called the Doctor vineyard. The only real doctor!
Since that day that vineyard was called the Docter and till today there is made wine from these vines at the doctor vineyard and cellar.

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It’s a very old cellar, 350 years old to be precise.
They still employ it for fermenting and maturing the wines and storing of their treasury (meaning very old wines of the estate) and to hold tastings.
It’s all year round between 8 and 10°C which they say it’s the ideal temperature.
At that time when I was there 3 weeks ago, it was really sunny and warm, but the week before it had been raining for so long! The ground was still quite wet. And the cellar was carved out the slate soil and rock, and then water was constantly pouring out of the soil in the cellar through the door onto the street.
But that totally adds to the charm of everything!
Because it’s an old cellar, it was rather dark inside. But again that adds to the story!

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They have 12ha of vineyards spread over the Bernkastler Docter, Bernkasteler Badstube, Bernkasteler Graben, Bernkasteler Lay, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich and Wehlener Sonnenuhr.

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The wines are made organically no addition of sulfur or anything else for that matters, the grapes are crushed and macerate for 2 to 4 hours before being gently pressed.
Also, no yeast strains are added after 350 years the yeast has settled in the cellar and does his work well!
Also the filtration is really light and gentle. And everything happens in the typical 1000 liter Mosel barrels.

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We tasted 6 of their wines.
They are made in the real Mosel style.
Quite full bodied (because of the natural fermentation),
Deep in color as well, with a nice residual sugar content and a sky high acidity to counter the sweetness. As well, almost all wines were very concentrated!
They also have something unique, wild but very pleasant to it!
Most have a medium to long finish. It’s not for everyone I believe because of the little wild side, but it is still typical Riesling! A nice minerality, and ripe white fruit and peaches.
I like the wines very much and I think they are best drunk with matching foods.
Seafood, fat fish, foigras, spicy foods and the very concentrated ones even with meat!

So this was it for the RIESsearchING at Dr. H. Thanisch.

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If you require more info, please me or visit the website: dr-thanisch.de

Enjoy reading and enjoy your Riesling!

Till the next RIESsearchING!

RIESsearchING at Axel Pauly!

Hi Riesling fans,

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On my Germany trip I also visited Axel Pauly in Lieser.

We stood in front of the shop and tasting room and along the stairs where lavender and slate.
The lavender smelled so good that morning!
The first impression was set and was already wonderful before we even got to the front door!

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He came to greet us in his state of the art shop and tasting room.
It’s only 3 years old the building and renowned winery.

First he took us upward to the vineyards, because there is where it all starts.
He said you need to see it with your own eyes to understand it!
What is absolutely truthful!

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First stop was on a piece of vineyard where hi’s wife was working to remove some more foliage for the grapes to get ready for the last ripening stage.
That vineyard is planted with Fruburgunder which is a kind of Pinot Noir.
It is the first grape variety to ripen in the Mosel area.

They had a fan installed to hold back the wild pigs, they already started eating the grapes… And they were ready to hang the nets so the birds won’t eat all the grapes.
Nets only are not good enough because the wild pig’s suck the grapes trough the nets.
Because this variety ripens first it’s a problem to keep the animals off.

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The next vineyard faces the Mosel. And is so super steep…
He showed us that on the sun side the leaves are kept so the grapes won’t get sunburned and on the shadow side almost all the leaves are stripped so you have a good airflow.
Down the hill is a Roman press house, which is dug out and cleaned up for visitors.
This vineyards are true to the best vineyards further up the mosel and have almost all day sunlight!

He showed us how the old training system was on 1 post and the training scheme now on wires.

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After we went on back to the winery. He showed us the cellars, he has some oak bariques. A state of the art press, which he can temperature control and puts a gas on it so oxygen does not affect the grapes and most.
He presses the grapes very slowly and does some maceration for his Riesling’s, because the most flavor is in the skins and he want to extract as much as possible.
Else, there are stainless steel tanks, big and modest ones for the single vineyard wines.

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And so we got to the most important moment of the visit!
Tasting the wines!
His shop/tasting room is beautiful with sight on the vineyards!

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While we were tasting people came in just to buy some wine. He said this is a real big income. People who simply stop by, taste something and take some boxes of wine with them.
He want’s to export more to other countries and I support him in this because he has very good wines. And also real good for the Belgium market. Because he makes wines on the drier side and very pure.

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He’s bottle design is awesome! If you look at it wile the bottle is upright you see the landscape of the Mosel. If you hold the bottle horizontally you see 3 profiles of faces!

That’s his grandfather, his father and Axel himself.
It’s pure! Exactly like the wines. You also discover the purity in the building.
It’s altogether very well executed!

He told us that his philosophy is to create a drink flush.
So he want’s to make enjoyable, nice wines.
Also more high end, but really people just have to enjoy his wines.
Drinking wine should be easy, not rocket science!

We tasted a lot, I think almost everything he produces!
Amazing! All the wines were so mineral, also fruity, pure and refined!

It’s incredibly difficult to pick favorites here.
Ok, so I won’t.

I do want to give my note from a wine!

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The Purist Riesling 2014,
Which is very fresh, mineral, fruitiness of peaches, high acidity, medium bodied and has a medium finish. But is so light, fresh and pure.
This was the first wine we tasted and it immediately gives you the style of wine he makes!

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The Trink Flush 2015 is made of Pinot Blanc, Elbling and Riesling!
This wine has a little less acidity, is very fruity, is quite mouthfilling with a medium finish.
It’s what he described he want’s! A light, comfortable drinking, no fuss wine!

We tasted a great deal more, but again quite boring to read!

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What I found out is that a lot of wineries in Germany make a Secco.
I was like what in the world…. Is Secco?!
Well, it’s wine with CO2 added.
In most cases it’s a little sweeter with a high acidity, very fruity and quite affordable!
It’s really refreshing, easy drinking!
Also, Axel made a Rose Secco. Very fresh, red fruits, not very complex, but it’s not necessary for this style of wine.

This for the RIESsearchING at Axel Pauly!
If you require any more information, please ask or visit the website: Axel Pauly.de

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Enjoy reading with a nice glass of Riesling and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

Generation Riesling!

Hi Riesling fans,

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It has been some time now…
I know!
Constantly on the move.
Besides, I had a case study to prepare last month about Social Media wine marketing.
Which I have learned a bunch about!

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Anyway.I am redirecting my focus on Germany for a bit.
Because, this summer I go for a 5 day trip to Germany.

For yes, you know it: Riesling!

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With my case study behind me and a lot of Riesling in front of me.                                                    I am going to talk about Generation Riesling today.

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Generation Riesling!

This is an innovation of the German Wineinstituut.
To attain a positive look on German wine again!
Because, let’s face it, folks. Previous generations do not drink German Riesling…
It is very logical and has good reasoning.
Wines such as Schwartze Katz and liebfraumilch.
Huge mass production and nearly good enough to produce a sauce with.
Lately they are better, but even so this is not at all covering what german wine
Is all about and has to offer a lot more!

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Why the name Generation Riesling?
Easily, the members cannot be over 35 years old.
It’s entirely about having a fresh take on German wines.
Not only Riesling. But Riesling is the most important grape variety in Germany.
It’s born there!

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This year they are celebrating 10 year Generation Riesling!
10 years ago, they started with 80 members, today their over 500 members!
Their task is to promote German wine as ambassadors on trade fairs and events.
And they are good at it!

 

 

First time I came in touch with Generation Riesling was this year at Prowein Dusserdorf.
They are innovative, interesting, young winemakers who do not want to throw away tradition, but embrace it in different en new way’s!
They utilize new materials and less chemicals to make the wine.

DWI / PROWEIN in Düsseldorf / Foto: Jakob Studnar

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In today’s marketing word of mouth is really important!
And by attending events and trade fairs Generation Riesling
generates this.
Also social media is important word of mouth!
And younger generations are subject to this!
As, for instance the International Riesling Foundation (also something to blab about!)
Shared an article about Millenials their input in reviving Riesling wines!
The wine has to taste good and look fun and be easy to sway around.
That’s a winning streak recently.

For the 10 year anniversary this year Generation Riesling does some events in Germany.
And the events already had some outstanding feedback!

In the Netherlands they also did some events with the support of Alain Jacobs.
He is the man who manages events and works for the German wineinstituut in Belgium and Nederland.
He is the man around here that’s involved in Riesling!
He also does fun things on prowein every year.

For more information, go here:
Generationriesling.com
http://www.winesofgermany.co.uk

On my trip, which I will be writing about!
I also visit a lot of members of Generation Riesling!

See you the next RIESsearchING!

Riesling in Russia!

Hi you Riesling fans,

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It’s been a while, because I started studying for the WSET Diploma Spirits exam.
Which, is coming up very soon…

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I did taste something unusual, simply fun.
Riesling Mate Winter, which is a Riesling wine infused with spices like ginger, star anise, cinnamon and a lot more.
To me, it’s like an unfortified vermouth, refreshing, tasty and not very sweet.
It is red colored which initially threw me off, but it’s quite nice!
I purchased it from a crowd funding Called Mari Mate join the Lama.
http://www.jointhelama.com/en/start/

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Likewise, I shared the drinks business Riesling Masters article on my fb page:
https://www.facebook.com/Riessearching/

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But the theme of today, Riesling in Russia.

Overall in Russia there are a lot of wines made from imported grapes who are low to mid priced. But the premium let’s call them home made, wines are wining space!
But still only 20% of the wines produced from grapes grown in Russia are sold in Russia.
The wine growing regions in Russia have a moderate continental climate with severe winters. In regions like Rostov and Stravopol the vines need to be banked with sand against lethal frost bite in winter.
Krasnodar is one of the southern regions and the most important wine region in Russia. Takes in a quite long autumn where grapes can ripen fairly. So also Riesling ripens quite well. Here in the soil is an honest amount of chalk and marl.

Likewise, there’s some ice wine made from Riesling in Russia.
But overall I can’t find tasting notes from 100% Riesling only ice wines.
I will taste some on prowein if there is, but I think there will be and I will discuss it when I did taste some.

What is also, I have not yet discovered a Russian wine in Belgium and I don’t think there is a lot imported or really a market for it right now.

Enjoy reading and I’ll see you the next RIESsearchING!

Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/10023097/russia-wine-expert-view.html
Jancis Robinson.com and the Oxford companion

Riesling in Slovenia!

Hi everyone,

I skipped a week because I was very busy. I still am, but found some time to write about Riesling!

Today I’ll talk about Riesling in Slovenia.

When you type in Google Slovenia and wine you get all links to Tesco websites.
Tesco is one of the biggest supermarket chains in the UK and they do sell a lot of wine.
If you are following the drinks business magazine, from time to time the name Tesco passes on the screen.
But I did not know they sold a lot of Slovenian wines. Apparently they do…

But on with Riesling!
Here in Slovenia Riesling is called, Renski Riesling.
In Slovenian Istria there grows 591 ha of Riesling and true out the rest of the country another 52 ha.

Riesling is grown in the Bizesljsko wine region, which lies on the border with Croatia.
Where a cool climate rules and the vines grow on a sandstone soil.

Also in the Prekmurje region grows Riesling on sandstone and clay soils
and here a continental climate rules.
This region lies between the Austrian and Hungarian borders.

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And one of the very best producers of Slovenia should be the Devri Pax winery.
This winery lies in the Stajerska wine region (Steiermark in Austria), so lies on the border with Austria.
They make a lot of white wine, but only have 2 Riesling wines in their assortment.
They have aroma’s of peaches, pineapples, blossoms and a touch of honey.
They are medium bodied, with a highly refreshing acidity, are bone-dry and packed with flavor!

As sources I used: the wine grape book by Jancis Robinson,…
Devri-pax.com
Slovenia.is
Sloveniaforyou.com

Enjoy reading and see you the next RIESsearchING!