Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese
Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese produces highly elegant and fruity wines with lots of finesse.
Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese are most often produced in unforgettable higher pradikat, sweeter styles of wines
Max Ferger, one of Germany’s brightest young winemakers, was appointed winemaker in 2009 and makes just over 8,000 cases in a ‘normal’ year.
Quality and sustainability are key at every stage of production, starting with minimal treatments in the vines (which was critical to success in 2014, due to a warm damp harvest anyone using fertilisers was unable to harvest much fruit at all), hand-picking and relying on the naturally occurring yeasts.
The whites are macerated for between two and four hours, gently pressed, fermented slowly in stainless steel and then aged in 1,000 litre traditional Mosel barrels to maximise aromatics and complexity. This is authentic Riesling.
Established in 1636, this historic estate owns 16 hectares of the finest vineyards in Bernkastel in the heart of Middle Mosel, where vines have been grown since Roman times, including a third of the legendary Berncasteler Doctor vineyard. Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese
They believe in sustainable and ecological-oriented viticulture with no use of pesticides, herbicides (special herbs are planted to kill weeds), insecticides (use of pheromones instead), no chemical fertilizers (only mulch from pips, stems and skins of grapes) or heavy machinery which compacts the slaty soils with nearly all work done by hand.
Environmentally-friendly practices extend to the cellar where there is no use of artificial enzymes, sorbic acid (commonly used to stabilize wine), industrial cleaners and only minimal use of sulphur dioxide.
The Bernkasteler Graben vineyard is located right next to the famous Berncasteler Doctor. Very old Riesling vines grow here on a slope gradient of almost 60%.
Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese produces highly elegant and fruity wines with lots of finesse, which are most often produced in unforgettable higher pradikat, sweeter styles of wine.
Thanisch Bernkasteler Graben Riesling Spatlese – Hay Wines
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