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