This month, we highlight a superb Auslese from not only a less-widely known Estate, but also from a less-widely known vineyard, so maybe a few words on both to start off.
The Weingut Blees-Ferber in Leiwen extends over 9 ha, with holdings essentially situated in Trittenheim, Leiwen and Piesport (1). This includes the sole ownership of the Piesporter Gärtchen, which it got hold off when it took over the historic Marienhof Estate in Piesport in 1997. The 0.4 ha vineyard is tucked inside (at the upper edge) of the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen in the eastern part of the Piesporter hill and faces south-west.
The Estate produced a superb Auslese in 2013 from this vineyard, which combines depth and complexity. While it is still full of youthful power (something which is not uncommon for wines from this part of the Piesporter hill), it should make for a cracker in a decade or so.
However, also the other wines which we could taste from this Estate were all remarkable in their own style. A review of the 2013 Blees-Ferber wines can be found in Part II of the 2013 Vintage Report published in Issue No 26 (Oct 2015). This Issue is available to subscribers on simple request. Not yet a subscriber? You can become one, free of charge, by simply registering yourself here below.
Piesporter Gärtchen Riesling Auslese
This delivers a stunningly captivating nose of mirabelle, fresh apricot, grapefruit sorbet and acacia honey. The wine is zesty and elegant on the palate and only lacks a little playful side in the finish for being truly grandiose. Still, this is a great success in this vintage and one which offers much drinking fun at the moment in its intensely spicy yet racy style, but should age beautifully well. 2023-2038
(1) Note added end of July 2015: As of 2015, the holdings of the Blees-Ferber Estate also include parcels in Neumagen, including one in the Neumagener Sonnenuhr.
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