A J Adams Im Pfarrgarten Feinherb Riesling 2020

A J Adams Im Pfarrgarten Feinherb Riesling 2020

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75cl * 10.5% ABV * Mosel, Germany

Andreas Adam's winery is in western Germany - in the Drohn valley region - which takes its name from this tributary of the Mosel river. It's around 50km north-east of Trier, so not too far from the border with Luxembourg.

The steep, southwest-facing Hofberg was first recognised as a premium vineyard site back in 1868, and its fame continued into the 1950s and 60s. However, some of the vineyards were later abandoned as younger generations moved to the cities rather than farm the steep slopes - Andreas's parents included. However, Andreas took a renewed interest in his family's vineyard whilst he was studying at Geisenheim University, and he took work experience at some other notable German estates. His first official vintage was in 2000, aged just 21, from grapes grown in the one hectare vineyard that had belonged to his grandfather. He now works alongside his sister Barbara (who also graduated from Geisenheim University in 2013), and they produce a fantastic range of Rieslings from 5 hectares of vineyards, divided into numerous parcels across Drohn and Piesport. 

On the nose this Riesling is pure lime cordial, with then a palate that's crisp and fresh, crackling with acidity. It's off dry and there's plenty of fuzzy peach skin but with the energy of lime juice.

The 'Pfarrgarten' part of the name translates as the 'parish garden' and it denotes the part of the vineyard full of 30-50 year old vines that surround the old stone rectory building.

This pairs really well with rich dishes such as pork belly or anything with Asian spices.