Germany – Rheinhessen
Given skin-contact of up-to 24 hours for extra flavor and texture.
Naturally fermented and aged on lees in a mix of mostly large barrels, and some stainless steel tanks.
Have no additives except for a little SO2
Siefersheim is located in the extreme west of the German region known as Rheinhessen, just a few kilometres south of the town of Bad Kreuznach, amidst a landscape of steep hills of volcanic origin, interspersed with heath, untouched brooks and small streams, old stone quarries and overgrown walls built of rocks, the gateway to the region known as the “Rheinhessische Schweiz” (Switzerland of Rheinhessen).
The foundation for the Wagner estate was laid in 1845, with earlier generations shaping what was originally a classic mixed farming operation into a widely renowned wine estate, and leading the Höllberg and Heerkretz vineyard sites to supra-regional importance in the early decades of the 20th century.
The Wagner family has been involved in wine production now for nine generations, and since the early Nineties Daniel Wagner is responsible for the vineyards and the cellar. Since then, he has concentrated on the classical grape varieties such as Silvaner, Pinot Blanc and more especially Riesling, and converted to organic production methods.
Far-reaching measures are implemented to reduce yields. Manual pruning and canopy management as well as selective hand-picking in the autumn are corner-posts of his philosophy of wine production, which is based on the principle that outstanding wines are made in the vineyard.
The fruits of this passion for wine are evident each year in a range of wines characterized by clarity and freshness on the one hand, challenging, complex and concentrated on the other hand. An original style, as confirmed by critics, and acceptance into the elite circle of premium wine producers in 2004, as well as the awarding “Newcomer of the Year” by Gerhard Eichelmann and the wine critics of the Gault Millau WineGuide are a clear indication that the wines made by Daniel Wagner are something special indeed.
Wagner-Stempel ‘Heerkretz’ Riesling GG 2016
“One of the great dry rieslings of 2016 and although it comes from “mellow” Rheinhessen this has an extremely northerly personality. Enormous minerality is interwoven with the pineapple, citrus and wild herbs character. Sensational balance and a very long finish. If possible wait until 2020, but this will age well beyond 2040.” – 97 Points James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
Wagner-Stempel Höllberg Riesling GG 2016
“What a beautiful peach and grapefruit nose. Ripe and rich at the front, then just as you think it might become opulent it slowly turns crisp and crystalline as the acidity asserts itself. Great balance and a long finish of real nobility. Best from 2018.” – 95 Points Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
Wagner-Stempel Siefersheim Riesling Trocken ‘Vom Porphyr’ 2016
“The stunning bouquet of fresh pineapple and citrus sucks you into this wine. An extraordinarily light-footed riesling considering how much power it has. The crystalline purity of the long, lingering finish makes this stand out from the pack. Only 20,000 bottles of this wine that’s 80% from the great Heerkretz site.” – 94 Points James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
Wagner-Stempel Siefersheim Riesling Trocken ‘Vom Porphyr’ 2015
“The freshness of this riesling almost blows you away. Brimming with fresh pineapple and herbal aromas, it is succulent and vibrant with a dazzling mineral freshness at the finish…” – 95 Points Stuart Pigott, JamesSuckling.com
“Medium to light straw yellow colour. The Bouquet is attractively floral, with dried wildflower traces and some rocky mineral traces. The palate is crisp and intense, with some raciness. The acidity is brisk and the palate and finish are well-balanced and long. There’s a juiciness in the mid-palate, which enriches the flavour and carries it long through the finish. Excellent wine.” – 95 Points Huon Hooke, HuonHooke.com
Wagner-Stempel Weissburgunder Gutswein 2014
“Limey, lemony, floral thing. Very pretty to taste, a click of zingy aciidty and a sluice of juicy fruitiness. There’s a lick of blackcurrant, some spicy notes, finishes with talc-like mineral tang. Bright flavoursome easy to drink.” – 91 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au