2019 Melsheimer Feinherb Riesling
The 2019 Melsheimer Feinherb Riesling is a dry Riesling which comes from selected plots near Reil in the Mosel including the renowned plots of Reiler Goldlay, Pündericher Marienburg, Burger Hahnenschrittchen and Reiler Falklay. The grapes were hand harvested and transported to the winery in small batches in order to keep the grapes intact. The fruit was then spontaneously fermented in large neutral oak casks.
Weingut Melsheimer is probably less well known to wine lovers outside of Germany, due to the fact that almost all of their production is sold at home. Thorsten Melsheimer took over the 200 year old family estate in 1994 and immediately began cultivating his vineyards organically. Since 2009 all the vineyard work has been done according to biodynamic principles, receiving its Demeter certification in 2013. The estate consists of 11 hectares, 8 of which grow on the steep hill of the Mullay-Hofberg in Reil, a renowned winemaking village in the Mosel. The weathered slate and quartzite soils of the Mullay-Hofberg hillside have been home to vines since the 12th century. This undulating vineyard sits below a forest and plateau - helping the plants retain water and preventing excessive vine stress even in the hottest vintages.
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2019 Melsheimer Feinherb Riesling
What is natural wine?
The philosophy of natural wine is one of minimal-intervention, from vineyard to cellar. Natural wines are made using quality grapes, generally grown using organic and biodynamic practices, however vineyards may not always be certified as such due to the restrictive nature of these certification systems. Natural wines in most cases won't be filtered or fined, processes which generally involve the use of animal products.
Are your wines vegan friendly?
In almost all cases yes! Generally if you see "unfiltered and unfined" this will be an assurance that no animal products have been used in the process. The fining process is where conventional winemakers will often use egg and fish products (yep pretty gross) to remove sediment from wines. The sediment is natural, healthy and adds flavour so natural wine makers almost always leave some of it in.
Are your wines chemical free?
Yes, we only stock wines that use grapes grown using biodynamic or organic farming methods and will have none of the over 200 additives that can be found in conventional wines, *with the occasional exception of a tiny amount of sulphur. Some organic winemakers choose to add a small amount of sulphur (SO2) to ensure their wines travel better and last longer.
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