Andrew Guard

2018 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese 'Feinherb', Hofgut Falkenstein

The 2018er Niedermennig Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb AP 11 (known internally as “Meyer Nepal”) comes from the upper part of the vineyard,and was fermented down to approx. 27-28 g/l of residual sugar. It offers a refreshing and pure nose of lime, green apple, gooseberry, mint, herbs and a hint of paprika. The wine coats the palate with some rich and ripe fruits, yet proves superbly focused, pure and zesty on the almost dry tasting finish. 2023-2038 94 pts - Mosel Fine Wines 

Erich Weber of Hofgut Falkenstein makes ultra-traditional, mostly dry-tasting Saar Rieslings. He likes to call himself “Winzer Weber.” Winzer is German for winegrower. In other words, the emphasis is on the work in his vineyards. With his tan and rugged face, he looks the part, too.

Erich ferments exclusively with wild yeasts in old wooden casks in a deep, cool cellar, and most of his wines end up either naturally dry (trocken) or off-dry (feinherb). Falkenstein, therefore, is one of the rare Saar producers that specializes in distinctive, bracing, light, dry Rieslings, bottled traditionally by the cask.

Falkenstein makes light-bodied, tangy, wholesome, dry-tasting Saar Rieslings, as well as residually sweet Spätlesen and Auslesen. These are old-style wines for drinking, which often retain a lively (spritzig), natural efferverscence from fermentation. In other words, they go down well — Trinkfluss in German. © 2014 Lars Carlberg