‘Dajoar’ means ‘as it used to be’, and this single-vineyard Riesling by Andreas Bender is made in a style that harks back to the traditional way Mosel wines would have been made in the past. From red shale soils, harvested at 40 hl/ha, these Riesling grapes are fermented with wild yeasts in oak. It’s quite lovely, and the good news is that it is affordable, too (retail in the UK is £14).
Bender Dajoar Zenit Riesling 2012 Mosel, Germany
11.5% alcohol. Full yellow/gold colour. Powerful, textured and rich, and just off dry, with complex spicy citrus fruit, and richer notes of melon, peach and honey. Beautifully detailed and textured, with hints of wax and quince. Drinking very well now. Almost profound. More please! 94/100 (UK agent Indigo Wine)
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