Messmer Riesling vom Schiefer einzig & artig

£15.95 £18.00
  • Messmer Riesling vom Schiefer einzig & artig
  • Messmer Riesling vom Schiefer einzig & artig

Messmer Riesling vom Schiefer einzig & artig

£15.95 £18.00

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Messmer Riesling vom Schiefer einzig & artig is a fine Riesling sourced from the grey slate soils of Burrweiler Schawer. Enjoy notes of slate, green apple and citrus, with real depth and complexity from extended lees ageing for complex flavour and texture. The pithy acidity delivers great length and pairs well with Asian dishes, especially ones with pork or chicken.

Grape Riesling
Style Dry, White, Medium Bodied, Complex, Green Apple, Lime, Textural
Country Germany
Region Pfalz
Volume 75cl
ABV 12.5%
Dietary Sustainable, Practising Organic, Practising Biodynamic

Vineyard and Winery

Grapes are sourced from Riesling vines cultivated in the Burrweiler Schawer, which has steep slopes and grey slate soils. Slate is unusual in the Pfalz region and only extends around 6 hectares in total. On the south-east slopes it stores the sun's heat, and at night this is passed to the vine roots. After hand-harvesting and selection spontaneous fermentation occurs and the wine spends 2 years on lees.

About the Producer

Weingut Messmer, in the Pfalz region, was founded by Herbert and Elizabeth Messmer in 1960. It’s situated in Burrweiler, in the south-west of Germany, less than 50 miles from the border with France and to the north-west of Stuttgart. The yellow sandstone buildings had already been home to winemaking for around 250 years before they arrived.

It’s still in the family’s hands today, with son Martin overseeing the estate alongside his brother Gregor, who supervises production in the vineyard and winery. Their vineyards cover 27 hectares, with around two-thirds of the area planted with white varieties (predominantly Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc) and the rest with red varieties (Pinot Noir in the main).

The terroir is made up of seven different soil types: slate, red sandstone, granite, limestone, loam, sand and ‘muschelkalk’ - a calcareous soil with substantial deposits of fossilised mussel shells. Gregor works to preserve the health and mineral content of the soils - they use only organic fertilisers, and in 2011 they began the biodynamic cultivation of some sites. In the winery fermentations are cool, slow and small batch; grapes are only ever partially de-stemmed; and wines are bottled without fining and with only the gentlest filtration.