- WinemakerMarkus Molitor
- AppellationSaar Ruwer
- VineyardZeltinger Sonnenuhr
- Farming MethodOrganic and Sustainable
Markus Molitor Riesling (Dry) Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Kabinett Fuder 6 White Capsule 2020
“Really concentrated and superbly balanced, but also very precise and polished, this sets a new standard for this underrated, light dry riesling category.” – James Suckling, 95 points
EVERY cellar needs a few bottles of Molitor – that’s just...a fact. This parcel has it all – a world-famous producer, a historic and highly coveted vineyard, with a great 2020 vintage, and of course, some critical acclaim (double 95 POINTS!)...all for just $34.95 – spectacular! This is simply another epiphany-level wine from one of the greatest producers in Germany. Epically delicious, serious, intellectual, and adventurous wines from some of the greatest sites in the Mosel.
Molitor’s plots on the historic Zeltinger Sonnenuhr vineyard are the envy of most Mosel producers. Covering 0.13 hectares in the legendary 3.2-hectare steep slope facing southwest, the site has a stony Devonian slate weathered soil with a high proportion of fine earth and good water retention capacity. It borders the region’s other famous “sundial vineyard” – the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. In 1842, Jodocus Prüm (as in, J.J. Prüm) installed both sundials so the residents of the villages across the river could easily tell the time. The vineyard rows are oriented vertically due to the extreme slope (65%+), and the vines rise from 110 to 160 meters above sea level.
The minerality here will shock you a bit, in the best way. Laser-focused, with crushed rock and ample stone fruits like peaches, pluots, and plums, followed by mandarin orange zest, kaffir lime, and salty sea air. The texture is lush and round – especially for a Kabinett-level ripeness – providing a balancing note to the intense minerality and vibrant acidity. Remarkable stuff that showcases Molitor’s skill outside of his comfort zone at the Auslese level. This is a depth and power rarely found at this level of riesling. Simply a treat that is not to be missed!
PAIRING IDEAS: Traditionally the mildest of the Thai curries, Kaeng Kari (aka yellow curry), is also the simplest to make, and the penultimate match for this dry riesling.