If you love Riesling, you will surely love this one! This wine is off-dry, or feinherb in German, which is the perfect amount of residual sugar to make this wine pop with bright and powerful tree fruit, racy acidity, and a little zippy spice on the finish. This wine bring joy and zing to the table making this Riesling very addictive. Enjoy this wine with some funky cheese or delicious spicy food!
The style at Lauer is 180 degrees from his famous Saar neighbors, Egon Müller and Hanno Zilliken – the focus is on dry and off-dry Rieslings as opposed to the residual sugar (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese) wines of the latter two. Yet the hallmarks are similar: purity, precision, rigor, mineral. While the great majority of wines are sourced from the solid hillside of the Ayler Kupp, this single mountain is really an intricate tapestry of parcels and sub-parcels. Lauer bottles based on “fass”, or cask, numbers that are often aligned with the names of pre-1971 vineyard names. However, one shouldn’t take the fass numbers too seriously; they are based on the parcels that historically went into these fass and the style of wine they most often produced. One example, “Fass 6 – Senior” is based on a selection that Florian’s grandfather made every year for his personal consumption. On this barrel, he would write “Senior.” According to Florian, nine times out of ten, his grandfather would pick Fass 6, which held wine sourced from the western-most region of the Kupp. Thus, today, the wine from this parcel is called “Fass 6 – Senior.”
Winery/Producer: Peter Lauer – Florian Lauer
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Style: White, off-dry (by technicality, but still more on the dry side)
Origin: Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany
Vinification: Organic and sustainable farming. Grapes are hand harvested, whole cluster pressed with the juice pumped over during pressing for a short maceration. The must is fermented with native yeasts in a combination of stainless steel, fiberglass and a traditional foeder for up to 6 months on the lees, depending on the cuvee. Unfined, lightly filtered with diatomaceous earth. Vegan
Aging: Aged in a combination of stainless steel, fiberglass and a traditional foeder for up to 6 months.
% ABV: 10.5%