A Wine That
is fundamentally different to the great still wines of the valley. Thorsten Melsheimer has always had a fondness for sparkling wine, but wanted to find a way to make one naturally. The 'Rurale' cuvée achieves this goal, and combines the freshness of a pét-nat with the texture and complexity of traditionally made Sekt. The lees ageing together with the striking acidity of the Riesling grapes makes this an exciting option for anyone looking for some Sparkling Extravaganza. It's like Mozart meets Metallica...
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- Winemaker: Thorsten Melsheimer
Where and How?
The grapes come from the single vineyard 'Mullay-Hofberg' - a vineyard that has been in the hands of the Melsheimer family for the past century. Pure grey slate soils that give Riesling from the Mosel its unique flavour. Grapes are hand-harvested on the steep slopes and then natural fermentation occurs in large 'Fuder' barrels - a traditional size in the Mosel.
Over the course of the past ten years, Mosel winemaker Thorsten Melsheimer of the Mosel has become well-known for his pét-nats made from the variety. He had been quietly studying how to create a sparkling wine without using the sugar and lab-cultured yeasts usually required by the traditional method. He says,
"My idea was to get rid of the sugar and the added yeast and to be able to say: I stand here as a producer, and the only thing I've used in my cellar to make this wine are my grapes. That's all! So when people asked me if I make pétnat, I said, wow... yes, I already have this in my cellar as an experiment!"
The Winemaker: Thorsten Melsheimer
Thorsten Melsheimer is a curious and meticulous winemaker who crafts some of the most compelling Rieslings from some of the most famed sites in the Mosel. Bit by bit over the years, he has also become intrigued by sparkling wine, making pét-nat as an experiment before it was even known as pét-nat.
This is a guy who makes wine not just for a living, but for fun. It's an endless journey of learning and knowledge, and these bottles will tell you the stories of all the lessons learnt along the way.