Region: Graacher Dompropst, Mosel, Germany
Perfect with: On its own! Or delicately flavoured steam fish with soy dressing
Ageing: Drink now - 2025
Why You’ll Love It?
For many Willi Schaefer wines are the ultimate expression of Mosel and attract an almost religious following. The family has been producing the single varietal - Riesling - since the 11th Century. Meticulous, yet flexible in their approach, they place great importance on retaining the nuances of fruit and terroir which becomes evident in each glass.
The Dompropst vineyard has particularly diverse soil types so several parcels tend to be vinified and bottled separately as different Fuder numbers. The wines are all aged and fermented in large oak fuders and usually bottled by the May following the vintage. These are taut, powerful and complex, some of Germany's finest and most mineral wines.
The vineyards along the steep sided banks of the Mosel river, part of the region known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, are known for being some of the hardest vineyards in the world to work (due to their steepness) and home to some of the finest white wines in the world. Riesling is king in this cool region that follows the twists and turns of the River Mosel providing myriad different terroirs and vineyard aspects.
Delicate and subtle nose with stoney, citrus, nectarine notes that leads to a surprisingly powerful and palate of very fine flinty slate, hint of saline, lemon and grapefruit. It's light and delicate, yet immensely powerful, pure and precise at the same time. Extremely well balanced acidity and sweetness. Fresh apricot and pineapple on the finish tell of the botrytis that made it into the blend. Powerful stuff. In 2013 there was only one fuder of Dombrobst Spatlese made.