Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Wine of the Week - Max Ferd. Richter's Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken "Uralte Wurzelechte Reben"

This week's Wine of the Week is a truly special Riesling from the Mosel. Max Ferd. Richter's Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken "Uralte Wurzelechte Reben" may be a little bit of a tongue twister, but let us help you break it down:


The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard (which translates to "sun dial") is one of the most famed and prestigious in the Mosel. Precipitously steep and rocky, with stunning views of the Mosel river below, produces elegant, mineral, and refined wines. The steep, stony, dark grey slate vineyard is situated on the right bank of the Mosel river, and faces south-southwest. The sunshine naturally heats the vineyard up during the day and keeps the temperature at night.

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard with its namesake sun dial visible in the middle
The grapes used for this wine are from an especially old plot planted in 1890 and “Uralte Wurzelechte Reben” translates to “ancient, ungrafted vines.” Grapes were harvested in late October and almost 15% were botrytised. This is Richter's equivalent of a grand cru and represents the pinnacle of winemaking and site selection in the Mosel.

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