Weingut C.H. Berres

Estate Riesling Old Vines Mosel – 2020

Region: Germany - Mosel

Weingut C.H. Berres

The Berres family has resided and worked in the vineyards of Ürzig since the year 1510. Markus Berres, 21st generation, took the helm of this prestigious Mittel Mosel estate beginning with the 2004 vintage. Markus worked to effect one of the most significant renaissances in recent German wine history. Upon secularization of the Mosel by Napoleon, one of the first great private wine estates to be established was that of Peter Nicolay in Ürzig, including the finest sites in Ürzig, Erden, Wehlen, Graach and Zeltingen. Through marriage and inheritance Nicolay became C.H. (Carl Hubert) Berres, which continued to produce and market the estate’s great Rieslings under the Peter Nicolay brand until 1986, when the estate was divided upon inheritance. Carl Hubert’s grandson Alfred (father of Markus) retained nearly 10 acres of old, ungrafted Riesling vines in the best sites, including Ürzig’s famous Würzgarten and legendary, minuscule Goldwingert, and Erden’s Treppchen. Following graduation from the Geisenheim Institute and experience in the New Zealand wine industry, Markus Berres looks enthusiastically to the future, introducing thoroughly modern and intense Rieslings with Stelvin screw cap closures on all bottlings.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards Wehlener Klosterberg (60%), Kinheimer Hubertsuslay (25%) and Edener Herrenberg (15%), QBA.

  • Exposure: South
  • Slopes: 25 – 50º
  • Soil: Weathered, multicolored Slate with good water supply
  • Wehlener Klosterberg vineyard planted in 1930s
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested September 24 – October 10, 2020
  • Gentle crush
  • Macerated 12 hours
  • Gentle pressing
  • Cold stabilization for 48 hours
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks
  • Aged on lees in tank at least 4 months
  • Racked and filtered
  • Stored in cellar at 13º C after bottling
Winemaker's Notes

This handmade Riesling combines the richness of the over 90 year old Wehlener Klosterberg vineyard with the extract of Kinheimer Hubertuslay and the complexity of Erdener Herrenberg sites. A very floral bouquet with mirabelle plum, gooseberry and hints of kiwi fruit and juicy apple. Well balanced with minerality and clear fruit structure, it is a rich and modern, semi-sweet Riesling.

Wine Summary

100% Riesling; alcohol: 11.5%; estate vineyards on steep slate slopes along the Mosel near Ürzig; some vines over 90 years; hand harvested; gently pressed; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 3-4 weeks; aged 4 months on lees in tank.

Technical Information
  • 100% Riesling
  • Alcohol: 11.5%
  • Total Acidity: 7.2 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 19.0 g/l