Falkenstein (2022)

15 February 2024
“For superb, classic, highly individual Saar Rieslings, Hofgut Falkenstein is one of the very best addresses” – Wine Advocate
In 1981, Erich and Maria Weber purchased an abandoned press house and cellar in a side valley of the Saar to fashion terroir-driven Rieslings with the greatest respect to tradition.
Gradually building up their vineyard holdings around the winery to include prized historic sites in Krettnach, Niedermennig, and Grand Cru Euchariusberg, the couple now farm 13ha of slopes considered among Germany’s finest sources of old-vine Riesling.
Top-quality organic grapes are harvested by hand in multiple tries before being crushed under foot and slowly fermented with natural yeasts in individually 1000-litre fuders. Bottled cask-by-cask – a practice that has been rare since the 1970s – Falkenstein’s crystalline, mineral wines burst with energy and mouth-watering acidity.
In 2022, the domaine defied a challenging growing season to produce an array of remarkably finessed wines across Trocken, Feinherb, and Spätlese styles.
Since joining the estate in 2015, the Webers’ son Johannes (like his father, a graduate of Germany’s prestigious Geisenheim University) has taken Falkenstein to further heights and acquired a devoted following for wines that have become even finer and more precise. We are delighted to offer the domaine’s latest releases at market beating prices.
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken ‘Mutter Anna’ 2022 (£30)
Flint, chamomile, and green apple – long and saline. Dry, 10.5% ABV.
Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken ‘Munny’ 2022 (£30)
Lemon and lime, white pepper, and stony minerality – mountain fresh. Dry, 10.5% ABV.
Niedermenniger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese Feinherb ‘Palm’ 2022 (£32)
Apple and elderflower layered with spice – creamy and refreshing. Off-dry, 8.5% ABV.
Krettnacher Altenberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken ‘Mammen’ 2022 (£34)
Pear and key lime off-set by slatey minerality and electric acids. Off-dry, 7.5% ABV.
Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese ‘Klaus’ 2022 (£38)
Peach, grapefruit, honey, herbs – tangy and energetic. Top class Riesling. Fruity, 7% ABV.
Please note that this offer has expired, however you can check current stocks via the search bar or shop@shrinetothevine.co.uk