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Riesling from Porphyr

When the postman rings twice … The courier brought supplies for wine tastings and my cellar this weekend. One of the wines I bought also ended up in the glass right away.

Daniel Wagner’s Riesling “Vom Porphyr” is a wine that I always enjoy drinking. It’s an “Ortswein” (village level) from Siefersheim in Rheinhessen, and comes from the younger vines of the two “Große Lagen” (single vineyard sites) Höllberg and Heerkretz. Sand, gravel and clay soils with porphyry rock characterise these two vineyards.

Porphyr excellently regulates the water supply, retains heat and thus supports the formation of aromas. The 2018 vintage of this Riesling superbly reflects the character of both sites. It combines ripeness of the warm Höllberg site paired with the freshness of the rugged Heerkretz. Vibrant acidity meets ripe peach, tangerine, red apple and meadow herbs—very good length with a mineral-salty finish.