2017 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, Weingut Meulenhof, Mosel

Tasting Notes

Soft, creamy Kabinett with easy-going fruit from a wonderfully situated vineyard facing due south on a curve of the Mosel river. Traditionally made in large oak 'fuder' under owner Stefan Justen's house in Erden. Understated but utterly brilliant.

Vineyard Information

Since 1337 the property at Meulenhof has shifted between royalty and Cistercian monks, following Napoleonic secularization, and since 1919 has been led by the Justen family, with Stefan Justen at the helm since 1990. Located in the Middle Mosel village of Erden, one can see why the estate vineyards were most attractive to both the Counts of Sponheim and the Cistercian Convent.

Holdings in the steep, terraced Erdener Treppchen and prestigious Prälat have long been revered for their superior wines, and upstream the Devonian blue slate of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr produce wines of intense minerality and elegance. The Prälat may be one of the most iconic terroirs in the Middle Mosel. A tiny 2.2 hectare site sandwiched between the Treppchen and the Urziger Würzgarten, entirely south-facing, with pure red slate soils, the site is naturally enclosed by cliffs and outcroppings which shelter the vines and make the Prälat one of the warmest sites in the entire valley. If there were a Mosel vineyard pre-destined for Auslese, it would have to be the Prälat. There are only a handful of owners in the Prälat and Meulenhof is one of them.

Meulenhof's vines in both the Prälat and the Treppchen are mostly ungrafted; Stefan is one of the last few vine growers with original rootstocks in this area. Vines on the steep slopes are post-trained, which requires a significantly higher amount of labor, with the cuttings from pruning shredded to provide compost for the vines. Fruit is hand-harvested, each parcel is vinified separately in cask, and the must is clarified before indigenous yeast fermentation, both essential at Meulenhof.

Colour White Origin Germany
Region Germany White ABV 9.50%
Drink From 2021 Drink To 2030
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