The 'N' series produces wines that fully develop in the absence of any limits and without filtration, promoted by wild yeasts. The letter 'N' stands for Natural, No filtration, No limits, Next Level.
The wine follows a natural rhythm, initiated by spontaneous fermentation in tonneau, followed by an additional spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Once fermentation is complete, it remains on the full lees until the beginning of June and is then separated from the lees by means of fall pressure and bottled unfiltered with a touch of sulphur. Special attention is paid to avoiding high alcohol levels during the harvest in order to allow the fermentation-related fineness, freshness and elegance to take their place.
The vineyards from which this wine comes are located in the west of the Reiterpfad near the forest. They are unique in that they have limestone alongside the typical red sandstone and clay in their soils.
The wine shows a solid medium golden yellow.
An intense yeast aroma meets an abundance of fruit. Apple, fresh pear and especially orange in all their diversity set the tone. Aeration lets it show its full range and reveals aromas of ginger, lime oil, coriander and privet blossom. Its youthfulness still holds back some of its true beauty.
The 2020 Riesling Reiterpfad Hochseel 'N' explodes on the palate with fresh, pure coolness, overflowing it with juicy fruit and expressive citrus notes. It is still somewhat reserved, deep and complex, and surprises with fine bitterness in the long finish. A little ageing time would flatter it, although it is already irresistibly engaging with its fresh and zesty character. The use of larger Burgundy glasses and sufficient aeration if you want to enjoy it already now is recommended.
Try it with a pea and edamame mixture garnished with a miso-lime marinade on rice cakes. As a second option, serve it alongside foie gras terrine with mango chutney and brioche. Or a roasted langoustine accompanied by a sauce of orange, ginger and lemongrass could also come into its own excellently.
Winery Michael Andres, Hauptstr. 33A, 67152 Ruppertsberg/Pfalz / Germany; organic certificate: DE-ÖKO-039