Peter Lauer Riesling GG Schonfels Fass 11 'VDP Grosse Lage' 2016

0,75 l, a Riesling Dry White Table wine from Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany. Alcohol content: 12,7%

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Alkoholgrad: 12,7% vol.
Allergene: Sulfite, Spuren von Eiweiß
Abfüller/Erzeuger: Weingut Peter Lauer, Trierer Stra. 49, 54441 Ayl

 

 

2014 Peter Lauer Riesling GG Schonfels Fass 11 'VDP Grosse Lage'
Peter Lauer visit the producer
A Riesling Dry White Table wine from
Germany, Ayl, Saar, Mosel, Germany
 
Source
eRobertParker.com #223
Mar 2016
Reviewer
Stephan Reinhardt
Rating
93
Maturity
Drink: 2020 - 2030
Current (Release) Cost
(60)
The 2014 Riesling GG Schonfels Fass 11 'VDP Grosse Lage' (Grosses Gewächs) displays a clear, fine, fresh and pure bouquet of bright fruits and very delicate flinty slate aromas. Round, pure, very refined and elegant on the palate, with great finesse, tension and piquancy, this is a great and juicy dry Saar Riesling with a lot of salinity and tension in the remarkably long finish. It has a lean and mineral style, and is very complex. This is avant-garde Riesling from the Saar and highly recommended for lovers of purity, lightness and tension.

Tasting Florian Lauer’s impressively clear, ripe and extremely defined 2014s, you don’t get the impression that there could have been any problems with rain, rot and lower must weights that year. "From the first cut of the vines via the processing of the grapes, up to the applied ancient vinification methods of my grandfather, we have obviously made the right decisions, and goddess Fortuna was with us too," says Florian Lauer. Though the Saar valley had in fact less problems than the Middle Mosel, this is a stunning result and Florian tries to explain it like this: 
"We tested a comparatively high-yielding first cut that year, aiming for the double amount of grapes than usual. After the veraison, we cut the redundant grapes off the vines, which resulted in a slower ripening process and looser grapes cluster. This was a big advantage in October when the rain came and the already ripe grapes started bursting and, as a consequence, rotting.
"We picked highly selective as we already did in 2013 and each plot was harvested three times. We then fractionated each press three times, cleared and fermented them separately and assembled them later, if necessary. This was backbreaking work, but otherwise we couldn’t have selected so many styles. Mind, we had seven to nine different wines from each plot, which enables us to assemble very precisely." 
And how were all these different fractions looking like?
"For example, the free-run juice of the golden-yellow up to purple colored overripe and botrytized grapes resulted in the Auslese, whereas the free-run must of the overripe berries without botrytis made up our Spätlese. The Kabinett was made from the ripe, yellow-colored grapes, whereas the ripe but tree-colored grapes are used for our Crémant."
What’s about the dry and off-dry wines from the "VDP Grosse Lage" vineyards?
"The Schonfels GG was made from the press-juice of overripe berries without botrytis, whereas the off-dry Neuenberg was made of the corresponding press juice with botrytis."
What’s about the fermentation?
"When I was a little young boy, my grandfather always told us he had to go back in the cellar to feed his wines. I did not know what he meant at that time, but today I know. Since we do not inoculate our musts with potent industrial yeasts, but rely on our weaker indigenous yeasts instead, it is important to retard the fermentation and to slow it down when the process starts. Then, when half of the sugar is already transformed into alcohol, we stir the lees and add a homeopathic dose of nitrogen and dried yeasts from the former years, which nourishes the active yeasts. I believe this has an impact on our wine style too."
In fact, Florian Lauer has produced some outstanding wines in 2014, namely the dry Schonfles Grosses Gewächs, the off-dry Neuenberg grand cru and the Kupp Spätlese. These and more wines are among the highlights in the Mosel of the 2014 vintage.

 

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