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Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Germany Mosel-Saar-Ruwer White 2005

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The worldwide warmest year since the beginning of weather recordings created also on the Mosel a gigantic vintage with record must weights, which on average were even higher than the 2003s. Nominally, the entire harvest was almost completely in the Auslese- and Beerenauslese category. The Indian summer, which was so bright and picturesque, gave after an average year must weights in our vineyards that exploded towards the end. The 2003 vintage was stamped by a hot southern summer; whereas, the 2005 vintage was made from the autumn. The reason for the sensational high quality was naturally also our reduction in yields, which gave us 26 hl/ha, so little as never before. The noble rot concentration was so tremendous that we could select 6 different Beerenauslese and 12 different Trockenbeerenauslese from our various vineyards. The high ripeness levels were in the botrytis-affected grapes for a long time. With the non-affected grapes, we pushed back the harvest till the end of October in order to avoid the many types of course and rough acidities found in this vintage. Thus, we were able to produce wines with great fullness, complexity, and depth. As compared with 2003, the 2005 vintage has clearly higher acidity, minerality, and extract. Strengthened by the very spicy and herbaceous notes, the many impressive off-dry wines taste surprisingly dry. The dry wines have character and depth, but are limited in quantities, for we wanted to avoid producing overly alcoholic wines. Finally, such a great and ample vintage can only show its full playful and aromatic spectrum in all its extravagant forms with wines containing residual sugar. From the simplest wines to the sensational choice of noble sweet wines, the unique expression of this vintage comes to the fore.

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Markus Molitor:
The Markus Molitor winery currently holds 38 hectares of vineyard, of which 4,5 hectares are in the Saar region, making it the largest winery on the Middle Mosel. All the attention is focussed exclusively on three noble grape varieties traditionally associated with the Mosel – 95% Riesling, 3% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and 2% Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc). Depending on the vintage conditions, an... Read more
The Markus Molitor winery currently holds 38 hectares of vineyard, of which 4,5 hectares are in the Saar region, making it the largest winery on the Middle Mosel. All the attention is focussed exclusively on three noble grape varieties traditionally associated with the Mosel – 95% Riesling, 3% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and 2% Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc). Depending on the vintage conditions, annual production varies between 200.000 and 300.000 bottles, of which over 90% are of the 0,75 litre size. In addition, around 20.000 bottles of sparkling wine (Sekt) are produced at the estate. Read less
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The worldwide warmest year since the beginning of weather recordings created also on the Mosel a gigantic vintage with record must weights, which on average were even higher than the 2003s. Nominally, the entire harvest was almost completely in the Auslese- and Beerenauslese category. The Indian summer, which was so bright and picturesque, gave after an average year must weights in our vineyards that exploded towards the end. The 2003 vintage was stamped by a hot southern summer; whereas, the 2005 vintage was made from the autumn. The reason for the sensational high quality was naturally also our reduction in yields, which gave us 26 hl/ha, so little as never before. The noble rot concentration was so tremendous that we could select 6 different Beerenauslese and 12 different Trockenbeerenauslese from our various vineyards. The high ripeness levels were in the botrytis-affected grapes for a long time. With the non-affected grapes, we pushed back the harvest till the end of October in order to avoid the many types of course and rough acidities found in this vintage. Thus, we were able to produce wines with great fullness, complexity, and depth. As compared with 2003, the 2005 vintage has clearly higher acidity, minerality, and extract. Strengthened by the very spicy and herbaceous notes, the many impressive off-dry wines taste surprisingly dry. The dry wines have character and depth, but are limited in quantities, for we wanted to avoid producing overly alcoholic wines. Finally, such a great and ample vintage can only show its full playful and aromatic spectrum in all its extravagant forms with wines containing residual sugar. From the simplest wines to the sensational choice of noble sweet wines, the unique expression of this vintage comes to the fore.

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