Villa Wolf, Pfalz

29 06 2016

This estate dates back to the 18th century but has regenerated under the direction of Ernie Loosen since 1996. We met Sumi Gebauer, a lovely and very talented lady who is managing the estate with her partner Patrick Mollendorf. Here the climate is a bit warmer than the Mosel with 1800 sunshine hours and lemon and almond trees. The Haardt mountains protect the vineyards from bad weather rather like the Cote does in Burgundy and the best vineyards are on the slopes down to the road (see map below).

map forster pechsteinThese are good drinking wines with modern, clean flavours that provide excellent value. My favourites of those tasted were:

2015 Pinot Blanc

Peachy, soft, a hint of minerality. The ripeness makes it taste slightly sweet. Easy drinking

2015 Pinot Gris

More restrained on the nose but more weight and character on the palate with a silky smooth texture which is very attractive.

2015 Riesling Wachenheimer

Some tropical notes on the nose, grapefruit, passionfruit. Good.

2014 as above from single Konigs vineyard

Citrus aroma and definitely more concentration on the palate and a longer finish.

2014 Riesling Wachenheimer Belz

Grown on limestone, this is more taut and needs a bit more time. Has a more linear feel to it and is finer overall. More weight – almost has a Pinot Gris style to it.

2014 Riesling Pechstein (see map)

This vineyard has black basalt soils and this was my favourite of the tasting. Intense, savoury nose. Very tight on the finish. Very ripe and good concentration. Apparently this vineyard is a Grosses Gewachs but as they are not VdP members they cannot put GG on the label, so it should represent good value.



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