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Tasting notes: bright and fresh citrus notes, with mouthwatering notes of citrus peel, lemon and brioche.
Vinification method: An ancestral method wine . Huxel is an early ripening super Muscat-driven grape from the region. Harvested really early (Sept 1), since it's really susceptible to Botrytis and sunburn. Then it underwent about around 2 weeks of semi carbonic maceration before being pressed.
After pressing the wine, it was stored for 3 weeks in huge oak barrels, where it finished its initial fermentation. Then for the second fermentation, we have this one vineyard of prosecco grapes that we always use for the second fermentation. We harvested those grapes, pressed them direct and then bottled the wine with 9 grams of residual sugar for the second fermentation.
Unfined, unfiltered, no additional SO2.
HOT TIP: Chill this wine and open slowly and/or in a sink, keep a glass close and enjoy!
Martin works 5 hectares of vines currently, all in organic farming with some biodynamic principles applied. For his first harvest he only worked with 1 hectare, by 2017 it was 3 hectares. The focus has always been on soil health and getting that right first. He uses cover crops of radishes, beetroots and turnips throughout the vineyards, on the steeper slops it is incredibly important to assist with stopping soil erosion. Sheep are used to eat the grasses and no tilling occurs.
Despite his young age, Martin sought out experience from some of the best producers. In 2015 he worked at Gut Oggau with Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe and in 2016 at Matassa with Tom Lubbe. His time with Tom was to be the most influential and he still seeks his guidance when needed. Because harvest in the south of France is considerably earlier than Germany, it provided Martin the opportunity to do 2 harvests in 2016 with the knowledge of what he had learnt very much at the front of his mind. Tom also gifted him two old demi-muds for his first harvest.
Èlevage is in old barrels, foudres and Mosel casks. All work is done by hand, all the wines are unfiltered, unfined and without any additions. Under German law, Martin is unable to put the village on label, so the rock is a nod to Flonheim and its characteristic sandstone.
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