Weingut Rudolf Furst, Franken

28 06 2016

IMG_0001Furst, Burgstadt am Main, Franken

The very cheery Sebastian welcomed us to his hillside winery and showed us the vineyards on the slope behind. You don’t really walk much in the vineyards in Germany I’ve found, because the slopes are so steep you’d be too nervous of tripping over on the way down or getting very out of breath walking up! Situated in the western part of Franconia with 20 hectares mostly on red sandstone soils, this is a classic spot to grow Pinot Noir. New vine plantings are on Dijon clones and taste even more reminiscent of Burgundy than the slightly-smoky-bacon notes of the old German clones. Extremely fine Pinot Noir to be found here.

2015 Silvaner

Furst’s Silvaner is grown 100km away on one of the areas of limestone in Germany and this does give it a mineral, saline character. It is lightly peachy with a white pepper note, then a mown hay aroma and mouthwatering citrus acidity. A good food wine this can be enjoyed in the same way as a Gruner Veltliner from Austria.

2015 Riesling Centgrafenberg GG (Grosses Gewachs – like Grand Cru)

Very concentrated yet restrained, this had three hours skin contact and has a steeliness yet silky texture. Will be bottled in July. The 2012, also tasted, has developed honeydew melon and ripe pear notes and was very nice. The 2005 in the old Bocksbeutel flask had a beautifully developed Riesling nose with characteristic petrol notes and fabulous richness on the palate.

2014 Klingenberger Spatburgunder

This 100% slope is a very hot vineyard site where they have to work very early in the morning. This was a real discovery and reminded me of Chambolle Musigny in its fragrant nose and in its concentration. It has that fine delicacy of fine Burgundy. The 2015 tasted from tank in the cellar was slightly reduced and difficult to see but sure to be equally as good.

2014 Centgrafenberg Spatburgunder GG

A step up in concentration and structure with black cherry fruit. Also very burgundian. Silky, mouthfilling fruit, rich and opulent with bright acidity. Very good! The 2015 from tank was rich and concentrated.

2014 Schlossberg Spatburgunder GG

Deeper colour, more texture, really silky and mouthwatering. Lovely concentration and so long. The 2015 is excellent too.

2014 Hundsruck Spatburgunder GG

If I had to compare it to a Burgundy, this is more Vougeot. From the steepest slope in Burgstadt which is very stony with high iron content. Really long and fine. These Pinots will be the next ‘big thing’! The 2015 from tank had barbecue aromas, more tannin but with a silky sweet palate. Fabulous.




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