Peter Lauer 2017 Fass 9 Kern Riesling, Saar
Item Number: 12353
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Kern
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 10
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vineyard Notes: Kern is named after the person who cleared the site in the early 20th century. Kern extends from the top of Ayler Kupp to the bottom of the vineyard. Therefore, this is a wine that shows the complete story of Ayler Kupp; it shows some of the power of the Unterstenberg with some of the tension of the Stirn. The 2017 Kern is maybe the greatest Lauer has ever done.
Vintage Notes: 2017 is another one of those perplexing, confusing, the-story-depends-on-the-address type of vintage. Well here’s one fact about the vintage at chez Lauer: 2017 takes the finesse of 2016 and adds a dash more ripeness and on average a full gram per liter more acidity in each wine.
Winemaking Notes: Florian is a minimalist in their cellar. The only interventions are temperature control, a clarification prior to fermentation, and battonage (stirring of the lees). The grapes ferment spontaneously with native yeast. Lees contact is allowed as well as some partial malolactic fermentation. As he describes it, "I don't look for malo but I don't avoid try to avoid it. It just happens in parallel." This approach takes the edge out of the acidity, and if done with care, doesn’t add simplifying lactic notes.