Felsen means ‘rock’ in German, referring to the rocky (slate) soil in which the vines grow. The fruit is sourced from all three of Daniel’s vineyards, so despite being an entry level, or estate wine as they are referred to in Germany, it’s essentially a declassified grand Cru, which is incredible for this price. The wine was fermented to a dry level, in stainless steel to retain freshness.
In the glass, this is a clear bright gold with rose gold highlights. On the nose it’s very aromatic with honeysuckle, lemon, pineapple, pear and wet stone. A sip reveals a wine that’s bone dry - zingy clean acid, lemon and pineapple notes mingle with wisps of delicate musk before a flinty finish. A very different kettle of fish to Australian Riesling (which I also love). This wine is elegant and beautifully balanced.