Clemens Busch Riesling Vom Roten Schiefer 2022

Type: White
Country: Germany
Region: Mosel
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Viticulture: Biodynamic | Certified Organic

Climate: Northernly continental climate marked by cool temperatures
Terroir: The vineyards are characterized by their steep slopes and red slate soils
Winemaking: The grapes are hand-harvested at optimal ripeness and carefully sorted before gentle pressing. The wine is then fermented using indigenous yeasts in large oak barrels, allowing for a slow and natural fermentation process. Ageing on the lees adds complexity and depth to the final wine

Color: Brilliant golden yellow with delicate green reflections
Nose: An enticing bouquet of citrus fruits, white peach, and floral notes, accompanied by a pronounced minerality
Palate: On the palate, the wine displays a beautiful balance between lively acidity and a textured mouthfeel. The flavours of juicy stone fruits, zesty lemon, and the distinct mineral character of the red slate intertwine harmoniously, leading to a long and refreshing finish

About the Winery:
As a young winemaker in the 70s, organic and biodynamic pioneer Clemens Busch was already questioning the use of herbicides and reducing the sulphur levels in his wines. When he and his wife Rita inherited his parents’ winery and vineyards in 1984, they had the chance to put these ideas into practice.

Most of their production comes from the Pündericher Marienburg, a southwest-facing hillside vineyard in the Lower Mosel. They inherited two hectares, but have bought adjoining plots and now own 16 of the 25 hectares which make up the Marienburg einzellage.

Geology along the Mosel is complex, and the winding river provides sites with varied exposures. Clemens still vinifies and bottles each plot separately: he produces Vom Grauen Schiefer (from grey slate) and Vom Roten Schiefer (from red slate). The Rothenpfad plot is all red slate, which is unusual in the Mosel, while Farhlay is dominated by blue slate. Falkenlay, located between the two, and considered by some to be the finest site within Marienburg, is predominantly grey slate and provides grapes for their noble sweet wines.

In the winery, Clemens works with wild yeasts, and ferments mostly in very old 1000-litre barrels. Nothing is added to the wines at any stage, apart from a touch of sulphur at bottling. Charming and self-effacing, Clemens’ winemaking is honest and refined, producing wines that are pure expressions of their terroir.