Exclusive Daniel Vollenweider Aged Riesling bundle
Region: Germany, Mosel
Grape Variety: Riesling
Just as Daniel likes his Spätlesen to embody their name (literally late-picked), we like them with age, when the tension of youth has given way to the fusion of maturity. The acidity hums rather than whistles, and the sweetness (more than 70 grams of residual sugar!) has dissolved into the wine.
We think the 2009 is drinking beautifully now, and as with Daniel's wines, will easily improve for at least 20 more years. Its acid-sugar balance and low alcohol gives it great versatility at the table, with local tze char classics such as cereal prawns and prawn paste chicken being very good matches.
There is a total of three bottles in the bundle. It is made up of:
- 3 x 2009 Daniel Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese
Please see details of the wine below.
2009 Daniel Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese
Sweet, medium-bodied; the essence of Mosel
Pairing: Fruit-based desserts
In 1992, a young Swiss farmer called Daniel Vollenweider tasted a wine called 1990 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Auslese. He certainly had no experience of winemaking, had no family connections to oenology and didn't know much about wine at this point in time. But that one bottle set him on an extraordinary path that has demonstrated his adaptability and creativity as a winemaker (and also at spinning a compelling yarn that downplays his earlier love for Burgundy and exorbitant asking prices in that region).
Over the next few years, Daniel frequently visited Germany's wine country, spotting up and scouring the best plots. Funnily enough, it was one of of these many internships that Daniel first met Analogue's Founder and Managing Partner, YiXin Ong and the pair struck up a life-long friendship.
In 1999 he made a life-changing investment in one hectare of vines in Wolfer Goldgrube. Goldgrube is a prime Mosel site planted with rare, ungrafted vines hovering around 80 years of age. Its value stems from its positioning on the steep, Southwest-facing outer bank on one of the sharp turns in the Mosel river, creating an inimitable natural suntrap. The site had once been one of the Mosel's darlings, but due to a lack of a modern champion had fallen out of consumer favor.
Daniel's mission is simple and humble: due to the steep gradient in these vineyards, they have to be painstakingly farmed by hand year round. Daniel uses no pesticides or herbicides and vinifies his 100% Riesling wines in stainless steel tanks in a cellar under his house in the historic trading hub of Traben-Trarbach.
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