Peter Lauer 2019 'Senior' Riesling, Saar
Item Number: 14665
Sub Region: Saar (Bereich)
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Ayler Kupp
Grape(s): 100% Riesling
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Residual Sugar(g/L): 13 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
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.
2019 Vintage Notes by Mosel Fine Wines 6/2020: "Florian Lauer readily admits that the 2019 vintage surprised him: 'When I saw the summer and its high temperature, I thought that we were in for a ripe-tasting vintage. The rain during harvest added frustration as we needed to work quickly and we saw good grapes starting to rot. But my mood changed completely once I started to taste out of the tanks. With hindsight, I believe the rain saved the vintage. It avoided too much UV radiation, which is leading to these ripe flavors, kept the sugar levels under control and the cooler weather retained a sense of acidity. Nevertheless, it proved a hugely early vintage: We started by harvesting grapes for Kabinett wines on September 14, and then continued at pace until mid-October. The resulting wines are beautiful. They have some superb herbal elements, elderflower, and bright fruits. From the recent vintages, 2019 reminds me most of 2012, another beautiful classic vintage.' Florian Lauer produced a beautiful collection of wines which shine through their balance and their engaging, delicately herbal, and subtly racy side. While the dry wines show more power than usual, we feel that it is the off-dry and fruity-styled wines which shine through in this vintage."