Vollenweider

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Country of Origin: Germany
Location: Middle Mosel
People: Daniel Vollenweider, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Vollenweider 2015 'Felsenfest' Riesling Dry, Mosel Login WA 87 MFW 90 AG 90 In Stock

A bottle of 1990 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Auslese, tasted in 1992, made the young Daniel Vollenweider, a Swiss guy with no family connection to winemaking, decide he wanted to make wine in the Mosel.

In 1999, the Daniel Vollenweider purchased a one-hectare plot of old vines in the once famous Wolfer Goldgrube. This is prime Middle Mosel real estate with vines over 80 years old. In his first few vintages, Daniel's focus was almost exclusively on sweet wines; the results were extraordinary. From the beginning, the wines showcased an explosive energy, glossy and kaleidoscopic mid-palates with a sternly Germanic definition and detail. In 2003, Daniel was awarded the winemaking “Discovery of the Year” by the influential wine publication Gault Millau. As early as 2005 Riesling dorks in the U.S. were already talking about the wines.

More than 15 years later, at just over 4 hectares, Daniel's operation remains a one-man show. The winemaking philosophy is as simple as it gets: work hard. There are no short cuts and no compromises. The estate is 100% Riesling and 100% steep, slate sites. Everything must be done by hand in the vineyard. The vinification takes a minimalist approach; it is as hands-off as possible.

Daniel clearly has “the touch” for sweet wines – these are among the most thrilling Prädikat wines you will ever taste. They are full-throttle Rieslings with dense mid-palates and seductive curves. They have weight, yet they also have 100,000 volts of electricity coursing through them, which gives them a lift, a verve, a length that is, well, uncommon. Daniel’s dry Rieslings have only more recently begun to receive the credit they deserve. These wines shed a bit of the gloss, yet the textural density and richness remain, all finely spun with mineral, slate and salt.

Media Links
Mosel Fine Wines: 2014er Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Kabinett
Wein-Plus.eu Magazine: Interview with Daniel Vollenweider

Reviews

  • Vollenweider 2015 'Felsenfest' Riesling Dry, Mosel
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (2/28/2017)

    The 2015 Riesling Felsenfest contains grapes from top vineyards like the Kröver Steffensberg (2/3), the Wolfer Goldgrube and other vineyards. The wine fermented in stainless steel and was bottled in May. Pure, ripe and still a bit untamed on the nose, with a flinty purity of crushed stones and ripe Riesling flavors. This is a lean, pure and elegant, pretty intense, racy-piquant and salty Riesling with ripe and aromatic fruit and very nice salinity in the finish.
  • Vollenweider 2015 'Felsenfest' Riesling Dry, Mosel
    Mosel Fine Wines
    Rating: 90 (6/1/2016)

    The Felsenfest is made from fruit out of the Estate’s prime vineyards and is therefore essentially a “declassified” grand cru. Although not indicated on the label, the 2015 version fermented to legally dry levels. It offers a rather big and complex nose of smoke, orchard fruit and pear all wrapped in some reduction at the moment. The wine is beautifully balanced and remarkably intense on the palate and the finish has a complexity rarely found in “mere” Estate wines. This is a huge success and a great value in this superb vintage.
  • Vollenweider 2015 'Felsenfest' Riesling Dry, Mosel
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (6/22/2017)

    A strikingly maritime nose incorporates saline, alkaline, chalky and kelp-like scents, setting the stage for a palate dominated by myriad corresponding mineral nuances. There is a strain-through-your-teeth sense of extract here, yet 11.5 percent alcohol guarantees levity, and a juicy, tart-edged apple, pear and lime matrix provides generous refreshment on a palate-staining, mouthwateringly saline finish. One could scarcely ask for more from an entry-level bottling! (Try to hang on to some bottles for a few years.)