Dominik Mueller

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2014 Van Volxem Riesling Alte Reben

Description

Produced from old vines ("Alte Reben") that are between 60 and 120 years old, some of them ungrafted. The grapes come from plots in different Grand Cru vineyards ("Große Lagen") along the Saar, including the Gottesfuss, Ockfener Bockstein and Altenberg, but also from the Mosel (Meringer Layet). In fact, this is the only wine in the Van Volxem range partially produced from Mosel grapes. Devonian slate soils with proportions of rhyolite and quartz porphyry of volcanic origin. All grapes are hand-picked.

Tasting notes on this wine

  • Tasted by Dominik Müller on 19 May 2024: DM11

The 2014 vintage in Mosel Saar Ruwer

Early flowering, followed by a damp and relatively cool summer. The cherry vinegar fly, which threatened the grapes in many other winegrowing regions that year, was not as much of a problem in the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer regions as the fly primarily targets red grape varieties. Still, the weather posed a challenge particularly around harvest time in autumn, as it had gotten warmer by then but remained rather wet. There was disease pressure. Many producers had to rush out into the vineyards and pick fast if they wanted to avoid botrytis (noble rot). In the end, good producers managed to turn out high-quality wines that are low in alcohol and high in acidity. As of this writing ten years later, the 2014 vintage shapes up as a solid vintage for the region, especially for white wines.

Wine details

Vintage:
2014

Early flowering, followed by a damp and relatively cool summer. The cherry vinegar fly, which threatened the grapes in many other winegrowing regions that year, was not as much of a problem in the Mosel, Saar, and Ruwer regions as the fly primarily targets red grape varieties. Still, the weather posed a challenge particularly around harvest time in autumn, as it had gotten warmer by then but remained rather wet. There was disease pressure. Many producers had to rush out into the vineyards and pick fast if they wanted to avoid botrytis (noble rot). In the end, good producers managed to turn out high-quality wines that are low in alcohol and high in acidity. As of this writing ten years later, the 2014 vintage shapes up as a solid vintage for the region, especially for white wines.

Colour:white
Style:still (dry)
Assemblage:no
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Van Volxem
Country:Germany
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
Subregion:n/a
Appellation: n/a
Vineyard: n/a
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