I haven’t written for ages …. and was clearly waiting for spring sunshine to kick me into action. Frühlingserwachen, so to speak. Berlin has been reluctant to show some signs of real spring activity this year, but finally, it’s here. Almost turning into summer, with temperatures over 20 degrees. A great time to try some new Riesling and Spätburgunder. I began with the selection Thorsten Melsheimer presented at Hammers Weinkostbar last Saturday.
First, the Cuvée Prestige (2011, a dream marriage of 50 % Pinot Noir & 50 % Riesling), Brut Nature, 5 years on lees). Curious about the Pinot Noir, I learnt that Melsheimer grows it in the Mullay Hofberg vineyard (and I’m hoping for more….).
Next up: Pét Nat RURALE 2015, 80% Riesling & 20% Johanniter. Watch out for this in Berlin (wine) bars!
And old favourite, the Mullay Hofberg Riesling QbA „Molun“ (2015) was delightful as always, dry and almost austere, in a very good way.
A new discovery was the Lentum (2013 – bottled before X-mas 2016!), incredibly exciting nose, wonderfully aromatic and: already very hard to come by. We managed to get one bottle and savoured it over two evenings.
There’s a promise of more next year (pheeeewww….)
And finally, the Vade Retro, a very unusual wine with a note of quince. The 2015 I sampled was very complex. The orange colour is seductive and the complete absence of sulphites make this wine a real character. Drink now or keep – it’s a wine made to last.
Thorsten Melsheimer told me: „I enjoy being playful.“ And he takes playing very seriously, indeed. The best way to be, in my opinion. And his wines show it.
Sunday was a beautiful day, so I planned an evening visit to the Ecovin Fair Stadt /Land /Wein at the Villa Elisabeth. Sadly, it didn’t leave me enough time to sample all the interesting wines on offer.
I decided to focus on Spätburgunder/Pinot Noir and found this:
The winemaker talked me through his three different types of Spätburgunder. The starter wine is the Spätburgunder Sonnhohle (2014), a very honest wine with everything you’d expect from this grape variety. Drinks well now, but could be kept for a while. Next came the Edition SZ (Selektion Zähringer), a much more complex wine with many layers of dark cherry, spices and smoke. The 2014 was ready to drink, but could be kept for a long time and will improve with age, I think. Finally, the Edition SR (where R stands for ‚Radikal‘) is an incredibly intense combination of flavours. Again – drink now AND keep.
Note to self: Come back next year, but with more time….