We are pleased to announce our first event of 2020 with a winemaker visit by Dr Martin Tesch, one of Germany’s most exciting producers creating delicious, dry Riesling from five great sites in Nahe.
With a history that stretches back to the beginning of the 18th Century, the Tesch family have been winegrowers in the village of Langenlosheim for many generations. When Martin was handed the reigns from his father in 1997, fundamental changes were made – he cut down significantly on the number of different varieties grown, focussing predominantly on the noble varieties Riesling and Pinot Noir. He also uprooted vines in less favourable sites, made great improvements in the cellar, and shifted the style towards dry, single-vineyard wines.
On top of these five wines, is Martin’s calling card – the Unplugged Riesling. Akin to how the “unplugged’ style in which musicians forgo any electronic or technical enhancements in favour of an acoustic style, his Unplugged Riesling is inspired by this concept to produce a pure, honest wine free of any must concentrations, alcohol inflation, or deacidifying. Wild yeast fermented and free of sulphur except a minimal amount during bottling, this is as natural as Riesling gets.
Today, Tesch is a benchmark for dry Rieslings around the world, earning rave reviews from Jancis Robinson, James Suckling, Stephen Reindhart and also Stuart Piggot, who awarded him the title “Winemaker of the Year 2012” in Frankfurter Allgemeine, one of Germany’s most influential news publications.
Join us on Saturday 8th February, 5pm for an in-store masterclass by Martin on his Rieslings
$100 per person – Redeemable on purchase of any six bottles of Tesch wines.
Tesch Unplugged Riesling 2016
Tesch’s 2016 Nahe Riesling Trocken “Unplugged” needs a longer time in the glass at this early stage but then offers clear, ripe and quite intense aromas of white and yellow-fleshed fruits. Medium-bodied, clear and fruity, with good phenolic grip and racy-piquant acidity, this has a lean, straight and well-structured character. Tesch’s 2016 combines the intense, lush and fleshy fruit of a warm vintage with the lean character and racy acidity of a cooler vintage and is an excellent representation of the 2016 vintage. Don’t serve it too cool, and give it another year in bottle. Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 88 Points
Tesch Lohrer Berg Riesling 2016
From vines over 40 years old, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Löhrer Berg Trocken (sample) opens very clear, fine and precise on the nose, representing ripe white fruit aromas along with some earthy and vegetal notes of legumes. Really stimulating! Dense, round and aromatic on the palate, this is a medium to full-bodied, well-structured, juicy and elegant Riesling with a pure, mineral finish and lingering salinity. This is an excellent representative of the gravelly clay soils of the Löhrer Berg in Langenlonsheim, one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Nahe valley. Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 91 Points
Tesch Konigsschild Riesling 2016
From pure loess-loam, calcareous soils in Langenlonsheim, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Königsschild Trocken opens with a clear, intense, fresh, aromatic and yeasty nose with aromas of citrus fruits (oranges) and green apples. Lean yet round, fresh and very elegant on the palate, this is a stunningly pure, mineral, tightly woven, finessed and transparent Riesling with a stimulatingly salty, piquant finish. Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 90 Points
Tesch Karthauser Riesling 2016
From a warm, early ripening terroir on the weathered sandstone soils of the Rotliegend period, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Laubenheimer Karthäuser Trocken intermixes tropical fruit aromas with precise mineral and herbal aromas on the bright, fine and multilayered nose—fascinating! On the palate, this is a highly finessed and elegant Riesling: dry, pure and salty-mineral, with very delicate acidity and lingering salinity. Great class. The wine is widening on the palate, conquering the whole mouth with gorgeous fruit juice that is not just lush and intense but also pure, fresh and mineral, with gooseberry flavors, great finesse and tension. The 2016 is one of the finest Karthäuser Rieslings from Martin Tesch that I can remember. A highly elegant and complex Riesling with a fine but tight structure and a pure, long and stimulatingly salty finish. Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 92 Points
Tesch St Remigiusberg Riesling 2016
Located adjacent to the Laubenheimer Karthäuser on weathered volcanic rocks and iron-rich clay, the 2016 Nahe Riesling St Remigiusberg Trocken offers a fascinatingly pure and stony/smoky bouquet of great elegance, finesse and complexity. Round and fruity on the palate, the 2016 seems sweeter than previous years, which seems to lend the wine a less dramatic or exciting character on the palate. However, it is finely racy and perfect to drink today, although it can age for at least a decade. The finish is very delicate: juicy-fruity, salty-piquant, mineral and very elegant. A very promising wine. And yes, there is tension too! Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 92+ Points
Tesch Krone Riesling 2016
From a steep southeast-facing slope with a mix of soils from loess to weathered sandstone and cool temperatures at night, the 2016 Nahe Riesling Laubenheimer Krone Trocken has a super clear and aromatic nose of ripe seed fruits (yellow-skinned apples) and citrus fruits with a discreet mineral background. The medium to full-bodied wine is juicy, round and fresh on the palate, provided with fine tannins and a piquant, pretty mineral and tightly woven finish. It has nice texture and a lush finish with lime flavors but needs some time to develop. Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 90 Points
Tesch Blue Ocean Pinot Noir 2014
Tesch’s 2014 Deep Blue is a white Pinot Noir with a subtle, sweet cherry aroma on the nose. Full-bodied, round and juicy, this is a persistent and salty/mineral white from 43-year-old vines with the intensity and structure of a serious Pinot Noir. Stephen Reindhart, Wine Advocate 89 Points