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CLEMENSBUSCH 'MARIENBURG' RIESLING GG 2013

The Mosel is one of the most geologically complex wine regions in the world today, built off some of the most painstakingly minute differences from plot to plot. Known for its variations of slate and its sheer rising slopes giving vastly different exposures every few metres on the inclines, viticulture and vinification here is beyond challenging. The answer to this for many is to use whatever help may be at hand to make their job easier, whether that's more robust, more stable fertilisers or an array of chemicals that can ease your woes.....but, then there's the Mosel's most infamous biodynamic maniac, Clemens Busch. A winemaker that looks at the seemingly insurmountable challenges that lay in front of him and goes at it with a hellbound fury to pursue and achieve perfection from his plots.

That drive and talent is no better exemplified than in his GG (Grosses Gewächs; Great Growth) wines. This culminates in the Marienburg Falkenlay cuvee, coming off a single red slate dominated site his approach is direct, decided and pure. Short pre-ferment skin contact, slow spontaneous ferment happens in very old 1000 litre tuns using wild yeasts and additions are zero, bar a tiny amount of sulphur before bottling. Once this goddess of a wine ends up in the glass (or incredibly well trusted coffee mug I guess) what you have in front of you is a softer than silk yet taut and tense riesling that slips in between nirvana and pure bliss with it's tightly woven acids and sugars building in to a divine structure.

If you're already a slave to the Riesling, this will be your master until your dying breath. 

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