2016 Brauneberger Mandelgraben Eiswein, Gold Kapsul, Markus Molitor

Eiswein is an ever harder commodity to come by, so the chance to get hold of one of this quality should not be ignored! Eiswein can only be picked when the grapes are properly frozen, so patience is key. The pay off are wines that are delicious from day one, with simply remarkable freshness, but that will age for decades.

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    Ready 2018 - 2055
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    Half (37.5cl.)
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2016 Brauneberger Mandelgraben Eiswein, Gold Kapsul, Markus Molitor


This represents the second half of juice pressed from a late November picking. Apple jelly, quince preserves and glazed pineapple are laced with marzipan and caramel on an effusive nose and a viscous, glycerol-rich palate. This wine’s acidity doesn’t show up as brightness, but it is clearly efficacious, since a boatload of residual sugar is kept in check, and the prodigious finish comes off as soothing, multilayered, and transparent to hints of brown spices and candied lime peel that add welcome counterpoint. “I used to employ folio more often to protect the fruit while hoping for Eiswein,” noted Molitor, “but I’m not keen on that anymore because it traps humidity and creates a hothouse-like atmosphere.” Certainly the absence here of any fungal notes or diffusion is notable, not to mention laudable.

David Schildknecht, vinous.com
Weingut Markus Molitor

Markus Molitor took over his eponymous family winery in 1984, the eighth generation to continue their tradition. With the beautiful town of Bernkastel in the backdrop, they have fifteen steep sites along the Mosel River devoted mostly to Riesling, which is very much their raison d’etre. At Weingut Molitor, Markus practices traditional winemaking: they rely on ambient yeasts for fermentation, and mature the wines in large old oak casks. These are wines of the very highest order.

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