Bender 'I Love Mosel'
Mosel QBA, Germany
"I Love Mosel!" And you will too! Andreas Bender makes this wine for the locals, and when you try this wine, you will taste Mosel. It is off-dry but not blousy with tropical and lime fruit framed by mouthwatering, crushing freshness. Loads of lively acidity bring this wine together, putting some structure to it. The finish is long with honeyed fruit and loads of freshness right to the end.
Andreas made this wine from a single parcel of red slate in the Premier Cru vineyard Schweicher Annaberg site. Hand-harvested and spontaneously fermented in large old oak barrels before a temperature-controlled ferment, resting on lees in stainless steel tanks for three months.
- Mosel QBA
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A country that is well-known for industrial machinery,
reliable cars, and an innate love of systems and order does
not usually evoke thoughts of lifestyle and enjoyment. And
for many years, we looked for a German winemaker who fit
our ethos of independent and quality-focused artisan
winemaking. It was not until 2018, after long hours of
research and walking vineyards up and down the Mosel;
that we met Andreas Bender. Today his low intervention
wine is served at Angela Merkel's table when she wants to
show her international guests the outstanding quality of
Germany's artisan producers.
Andreas grew up roaming the vineyards of the Mosel where
his family were grafting vines. It is no surprise he began
making wine (unofficially) when he was 13 years of age.
A young winemaker (still in his 30s) with a reputation for
wisdom in his craft. Andreas has devoted himself to
winemaking. His wine experiences include the U.S., France,
Italy and time at Geisenheim University as a scholar in
oenology and viticulture. Today he manages 35 hectares of
his own vineyards. His grapes are laboriously picked and
hand-sorted, to ensure the highest quality of juice. The
unconventional use of retired oak barrels can be a bit hit or
miss, but for Andreas, it has been a hit. Andreas'
contemporary attitude comes through in the Bender label
design and accessible and fun wines. He takes Pfalz and
Mosel's traditional grapes, cool climate, and slate soils and
uses them to create impeccably balanced wines that stand
up to the strongest flavours in food.
"Delicious fresh light Riesling; peaches and tropical fruits with a touch of honey, this is a lively, zingy crisp wine was the perfect aperitif last night. And at 8% you can have a decent glass (or two) without keeling over before dinner."
"New to Wines Direct from a young winemaker — at just 8% abv this has more residual sugar but is still nicely balanced. Stony citrus aromas with a hefty dollop of ripe apple, juicy and soft on the palate with sweet apple fruits and citrus on the finish. This might sound a little sweet for some of you but chill it down and it will work brilliantly with a cheese plate."
"Think German wine labels are hard to read? Not this one, and behind the label is an off-dry, peach and citrus scented beauty."
"The most important thing for me are first-class grapes from the best locations, traditional winemaking and uncompromising quality.” Andreas Bender