Weingut A J Adam
A J Adam ‘Im Pfarrgarten’ Riesling Feinherb 2017, Weingut A J Adam
Germany / Mosel
Andy's Tasting Notes
A delicious off-dry Riesling, with crisp minerality and fresh acidity which ensures that you would never find this bright, citrus fruited beauty cloying or ponderous. There’s proper depth and flavour here, yet it’s so light and refreshing.
It’s incredibly versatile – enjoy as an aperitif or with any vegetable, fish or white meat dishes with subtle spicing.
‘Im Pfarrgarten’ means ‘The Garden of the Rectory’ – it’s part of the famous Hofberg – the Dhron valley’s most important historic vineyard. The Riesling grapes are sourced from part of the famous Hofberg vineyard – from 30-50 year old vines planted on the flatter, lower part of the hill around the ancient stone rectory building.
Price per bottle £14.50
Andreas Adams winery is in western Germany – in the Drohn valley region – which takes its name from this tributary of the Mosel river. It’s around 50km north-east of Trier, so not too far from the border with Luxembourg. The steep, southwest-facing Hofberg was first recognised as a premium vineyard site back in 1868, and its fame continued into the 1950s and ’60s. However, some vineyards were later abandoned as younger generations moved to the cities – Andreas’ parents included.
Andreas took renewed interest in his family’s vineyard whilst at Geisenheim University, and took work experience at some other notable German estates. His first official vintage was in 2000, aged just 21 years, from a one hectare vineyard belonging to his grandfather. Andreas invested in vineyard in the Dhron valley when land was inexpensive, as the slopes were steep and hard to cultivate. He now works alongside his sister Barbara (who also graduated from Geisenheim University, in 2013), and they produce a fantastic range of Riesling wines from 5 hectares of vineyard, divided into numerous parcels across Drohn and Piesport. Soils here are predominantly grey-blue slate and quartz. All harvesting is by hand, with thorough selection in the vineyard and minimal intervention. Only natural yeasts are used and wines are left on lees for extended periods.
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