Jochen Dreissigacker has caused a considerable stir both in his native Germany and abroad, winning high praise and points wherever his wines are sold. His 21 hectares of vineyards are based in the Rheinhessen, which is currently undergoing what might be termed a 'Rheinhessen revival', with Jochen at its forefront. From the 2010 vintage, Jochen's wines all have organic certification and he also uses biodynamic methods for much of his estate (although he has chosen not to be certified). He reduced the yields in the vineyard to gain better concentration of flavour in the grapes and identified the best parcels of vines which he vinifies separately. As expected of an organic estate, his approach in the cellar is as natural as possible. He uses only wild yeasts to ferment the must and harvests only fully ripe grapes (rather than chaptalising, or adding 'süss-reserve' to sweeten the wines after vinification for the Auslese styles).
Jochen's approach in the winery is simple: to intervene as little as possible. Low yields and careful selection in the vineyard ensures excellent fruit. There are 21 hectares under vine, 55% of which are Riesling. Geyersberg is a single vineyard that lies within the village of Bechtheim. Jochen's seven hectares of Geyersberg face due south, ensuring excellent flavour ripeness and sugar development. Soil is made up of loess and marl. The grapes were harvested by hand and the very small yield was the equivalent of 15hl/ha.
The region was challenged by a hot and dry summer but fortunately the water soil content prevented too much pressure on the vines. Hot days and cool nights in September allowed the grapes to develop intense fruity aromas and retain moderate acidity.
The fruit is harvested and whole bunch pressed before undergoing spontaneous fermentation. Vinification happens in 100% stainlesssteel to retain the freshness of the wine.
The 2015 Geyersberg is pale yellow in colour, with aromas of concentrated star fruit and pear. The palate has pure, luscious lemon flavour, with fresh acidity and a lingering mineral finish. It is firm-structured and complex with the ability to age for several decades.
|Grape Varieties||95% Semillon
5% Sauvignon Blanc