Marienburg Rothenpfad Reserve 2015
Clemens Busch is a biodynamic estate located in the Marienburg vineyards near Punderich which lies on the dividing line between the Middle and Lower Mosel Valley.
The majority of Clemens vines are grown within a very steep 25ha parcel sitting on a mixture of slate geology which is considered one of the best sites in the Mosel. Clemens has expanded his landholding over time and now owns the Monopoles in many of Marienbergs different terroirs.
The Parcel of Rothenpfad is all red slate which is a true rarity in the Mosel. Prior to 2006, most of this hard to reach area was overgrown. A land consolidation permit led Clemens to replant and save some old vines. Today, about an hectare is grown meaning the production of this wine stays extremely small.
Aged sulfur-free on the lees for two years and bottled in December 2017, the 2015 Pündericher Marienburg Riesling "Rothenpfad" Reserve offers a terribly pure, complex and flinty bouquet of crushed stones and perfectly ripe, healthy Riesling notes, indicating great purity. Remarkably fine and salty on the palate, this is a highly elegant, complex and persistent Riesling with firm yet fine tannins and great concentration that doesn't give any sweet sensations. It's simply pure and fresh—actually challenging—kind of like a liquid Holy Grail Riesling for purists. The finish is concentrated and very, very long and stimulating.