Hofgut Falkenstein Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) Pet-Nat (Los Nr 26-23)
The Weber family of Hofgut Falkenstein have been making ultra-traditional Rieslings in the Saar district of the Mosel region since the mid-eighties; there they farm about 9 hectares in and around the villages of Niedermennig and Krettnach. Erich, the family winzer (winegrower in german) works alongside his middle son Johannes, who has joined him full-time in the vineyards and cellar in recent years. Ever since there has been more of a focus on Rieslings with residual sugar. The emphasis on their work is in the vineyard, where no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are employed and cover crops are grown to encourage biodiversity and, when necessary, competition with the vines for water. With their straightforward approach to winemaking the Webers craft light, distinctive and racy Rieslings displaying well-integrated acidity from their low yielding old vines, and are bottled traditionally by the cask.
The Non-Vintage Pet Nat with Los Nr. 26-23 comes from Weissburgunder harvested in 2022 in the Niedermenniger Herrenberg and was fermented in cask before completing its fermentation in bottle and being released without disgorgement. It offers a superb nose of almond cream, bakery elements, vineyard peach, greengage, mint leaf, yellow peach, and conference pear. The mousse proves very refined and the palate delivers intense and refreshing notes of spices and herbs. The after-taste has some tartness in need of integration. This is a superb Pet Nat. Drink 2025-2032.
Jean Fisch & David Rayer - Mosel Fine Wines