Hofgut Falkenstein - Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb AP3 2017
From Lars Carlberg-
Fuder Palm, Meyer, Deutschen: fennel, laurel, creamy, and spicy.
The Weber family farms about 8 hectares of mainly old Riesling vines—over 1 hectare ungrafted—in a side valley of the Saar. All the Riesling grapes are hand-harvested and the whole grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press for two to three hours. The musts are left overnight to settle naturally and are vinified with ambient yeasts in 1,000-liter oak Fudercasks. Their top vineyard sites are located on various south-facing slopes, including the once highly prized wines from Niedermenniger Herrenberg and Krettnacher Euchariusberg. The soil is primarily gray slate, with some quartz. The father-and-son team of Erich and Johannes Weber don’t use herbicides and believe in low yields (one flat cane per vine) to produce an array of dry (trocken), off-dry (feinherb), and sweet Saar wines—all of which are cask-by-cask bottlings.