Andrew Guard

2016 Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese 'Feinherb', Hofgut Falkenstein

This is made from a parcel from 60-70 year-old vines in the south-facing Langenberg part of the vineyard. Rather shy at first, this wine develops a clean nose with superb notes driven by vineyard peach, dried white flowers and smoke. Light fruits including sappy yellow peach, smoke and tartness make for a juicy feel on the palate. There is a touch of concentration and even a feeling of density, yet the wine proves pure and very long, with a great interplay between acidity and sugar in the after-taste. What a gorgeous off-dry Riesling! 2020-2031
94pts - 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