Clemens describes 2015 as 'a super vintage' and with wines like this stunning Auslese, it's easy to understand why. The 'Falkenlay' is impeccably well balanced, bringing together delicate sweetness and vibrant acidity for a wine that's richly textured with amazing tension. Layers of lemon and lime curd, white peach and baked apple dance in the glass and make for a stunning sweet wine that's complex and lifted.
Vinous.com has a particularly compelling note that we couldn't agree more with: 'A lusciously lingering finish to a remarkable degree unites enveloping richness with penetrating brightness and refreshment.' A rare, 'must-try' wine.
Concentrated lime, grapefruit and white peach combine for an enticing aromatic display and a palate performance remarkably animated and bright as well as glycerol-slicked and ripe. Incisive nips of cress lend invigorating counterpoint while hints of quince jelly point to the wine’s noble botrytis. A lusciously lingering finish to a remarkable degree unites enveloping richness with penetrating brightness and refreshment. The overall impression is what (following widespread usage among Mosel growers) I would call “long gold capsule style.” The gray-slate Falkenlay, between Rothenpfad and blue-slate Fahrlay, was traditionally thought of as the prime location along the Marienburg, and certainly in this instance it displays striking talent.
The 2015 Pündericher Marienberg Riesling Auslese Fahrlay is rich and piquant, revealing stimulating purity, lovely tension and a salty finish. This is bottled with 7.5% alcohol, 9.9 total acidity and 111 grams of residual sugar.
Clemens Busch is a pioneer of organic and biodynamic winemaking in the Mosel region of Germany. From the 1970s, long before it was ‘cool’ to work in a natural way, Clemens and his wife Rita were already questioning the excessive use of herbicides and sulphur in local winemaking. They inherited their own vineyards in the mid-1980s and finally had a chance to put their ideas into practice. These vines let the results speak for themselves. Teetering on the edge of the hills overlooking the winding Mosel River, these vineyards are a paradise for diverse grape growing. Fermented using wild yeast, nothing is added to their wines at any stage – apart from a minuscule dose of sulphur at bottling. Charming and self-effacing, Clemens' winemaking is honest and refined, producing wines that are pure expressions of their terroir.