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Clemens Busch Riesling Marienburg Spätlese Goldkapsel 2022

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mosel, Germany

$115

$110ea in any 3+
$105ea in any 6+
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Description

The 2022er Marienburg Riesling Spätlese, as it is referred to on the main part of the label (the reference to Goldkapsel is written on the side of the label and there is also a golden capsule), is a sweet wine made from a selection of mainly clean fruit. This white-colored wine offers a stunning nose made of pear, melon, minerals, spices, and herbs. It is beautifully zesty on the palate and leaves a superbly playful yet also still quite backward feel of minerals and pear in the long and not overly sweet finish. This is a truly magnificent Spätlese in the making! 2027-2042

Jean Fisch & David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines 95 Points

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

“The personable family produces mainly Riesling with the main focus on expressive, full-bodied, dry or medium-dry grands crus harvested as late as mid-November and characterised by their depth, density, concentration and complex (merciless) minerality”
Stephan Rheinhardt, The Finest Wines of Germany

The Fahrlay Vineyard

About Clemens Busch

I had the incredible pleasure of meeting Clemens Busch just prior to the 2020 pandemic hitting Australia. Tasting with him and listening to his carefully thought out responses to my typically probing questions was exhilarating. We may have been in a pokie, slightly stuffy room, his wines still transported me to another place.

A maker of mostly dry wines in the Mosel is not common. Historically those I have tried, even at GG level, have generally lacked that something special, the spark that takes you from solid to stunning.

I’ve often thought it to be in the élévage, the wines have been too raw, unfinished, lacking harmony.

Clemens wines were a revelation! Crystalline & translucent with incredible depth and length, elegance and refinement, yet wines of substance of flavour and texture. Sophisticated, yet, worldly.

They are a wonderful contrast to the richer styles from regions like the Rheinhessen, once again showing the diversity of styles Riesling offers.

Clemens started working in his father’s 2-hectare estate in 1975. He stopped using herbicides in 1976, then in 1984 he and wife Rita converted to organics. They were among the first in Germany to begin consciously growing grapes this way and they became instrumental in the movement establishing an association of organic growers in 1986. While farming organically they began using various preparations from the biodynamic toolkit, finally converting entirely in 2005. Today Clemens is recognised as pioneer of both the organic and biodynamic winegrowing movements in Germany and has mentored many other young growers, including his son Florian who now works with him and Rita.

Since Clemens and Rita assumed responsibility of the estate it has grown significantly and now comprises 18 hectares. 16 of those are on the ‘First Growth’ Marienburg vineyard that rises steeply from the Mosel, opposite the town of Pünderich. Vine age ranges from 35 to over 100 years, the single site Grosses-Gewächs (GG) range is produced exclusively from vines older than 65 years. The Marienburg vineyard comprises all three types of Mosel slate – red, blue and grey – and several unique parcels within the vineyard. This allows them to make a large range of distinctively different, site-driven Rieslings which are distinguished using the traditional names of the parcels. These names were largely abandoned in the ‘70s after the new German Wine Laws brought in the über-vineyard name of Marienburg. Thanks to the clear-cut differences between the individual sites; the wines are a great exercise in the transparency of Riesling, especially for the dry cuvees.

The estate is unique among its middle-Mosel peers as it produces around 80-90% dry wines, although many are now following Clemens’ lead. The traditional production methods are thoughtfully adjusted according to the vintage and include late harvesting, maceration before pressing, long slow natural ferments and extended lees aging in ancient 1000l fuders (the youngest of which is 57 years old!). The wines are unfined and unfiltered with small doses of sulphur just before bottling. All this ensures that these are among the richest, most concentrated, textural dry Rieslings produced in the Mosel today.  They retain great purity, striking acidity, deeply concentrated fruit, with nervosity and off-the-chart minerality.

In the Vineyard

Before you can work the vineyard, first you must become a skilled mountain climber! Everything here is done by hand!

In the Winery

It’s all pretty simple. Grow good fruit. Nudge it here or there during the making process. Pay attention to the details and get it into bottle in one piece! Large old oak, wild ferments, and a touch of sulphur at the right time. Job done. It’s as hard as that.

The 1,000L Barrels used at Clemens Busch

The 2019 Vintage at Clemens Busch

What proves remarkable about 2019 is that it allowed to produce stunning wines, many of which we rated with near-perfect or perfect scores, in all stylistic directions. The dry wines are precise, alluring, and focused at their best. The best off-dry wines playful, transparent, and elegant. 2019 yielded the finest set of Kabinett wines, this almost unique specialty of the Mosel, in many years. Also, the finest Sp tlese have a precision and elegance not found here possibly since the 1990s. Finally, the greatest noble-sweet wines can only put a huge smile to lovers of the genre. A few wines even proved sheer perfection and several are on the best way to achieve this at maturity.

The universality of the 2019 vintage is best underlined by the huge number of Estates which were able to land highlights in ALL stylistic directions, from dry to noble-sweet. In 2019, A.J. Adam, Clemens Busch, Falkenstein, Fritz Haag, Loersch, Carl Loewen, Maximin Grünhaus, Max Ferd. Richter, Günther Steinmetz, and Weiser-Künstler all managed this tour de force.

Two Estates however managed to combine this universality with a great number of highlights as well as crafting some wine perfection: Fritz Haag and Clemens Busch. Both Estates outdid themselves in this vintage and are true highlight Estates of the vintage!

The finest wines, all modern-day classics in making come from A. J. Adam, Clemens Busch (whose yet to be released 2019er Pündericher Marienberg Fahrlay GG is the dry Riesling of the vintage), Fritz Haag, Schloss Lieser, and Selbach-Oster. Most usual suspects did also deliver handsomely.

Where in the World is Clemens Busch?

Clemens Busch is in the middle-Mosel with the majority of his production coming from the Pündericher Marienburg vineyards.

The German VDP has an excellent interactive map covering the wine growing regions of Germany. Clink on the Map to go to the live version. For context, Pünderich is much further north up the Mosel from the vineyards of Whelen and Graach.

 

 

95 Points

The 2022er Marienburg Riesling Spätlese, as it is referred to on the main part of the label (the reference to Goldkapsel is written on the side of the label and there is also a golden capsule), is a sweet wine made from a selection of mainly clean fruit. This white-colored wine offers a stunning
nose made of pear, melon, minerals, spices, and herbs. It is beautifully zesty on the palate and leaves a superbly playful yet also still quite backward feel of minerals and pear in the long and not overly sweet finish. This is a truly magnificent Spätlese in the making! 2027-2042

Jean Fisch & David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Weingut Clemens Busch, Kirchstraße, Pünderich, Germany

Mosel
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Germany