Weingut Tesch, Laubenheimer Remigiusberg, Riesling trocken, 2010
When we last heard of Martin Tesch, the brain behind the Tesch vinery of Germany's Nahe region, my fellow Wine Rambler Torsten reported on the young winemaker's gift for marketing and label design and, not least, his manic laugh. The bottle of 2010 dry Riesling from his St. Remigiusberg vineyard recently on this Rambler's kitchen table emitted no sound whatsoever, but the other qualities of its creator were very much in evidence:
With its mixture of the historical seriousness and visual overload associated with old-style German Riesling, the hint at family traditions in the stern look and the the sideburns of the Tesch ancestor who presides over it, and finally the memorable colouring of the screw cap, this is no doubt a very well-designed bottle of wine. Is it any good?
It's very good, but I liked it for a quality that's harder to describe than the peachy-citrussy aromatics and the stony minerality that ticked all the right Riesling boxes: I liked how it changed over time for me. On the first day, I found it very drinkable, if maybe a bit subdued aromatically, but I already liked its green, freshly herbal character. On the second day, with half the bottle left, I thought it remarkably reminiscent of a Ruwer Riesling, with more freshly cut herbs coming out, giving it a very light, but also very elegant and classical character. On the third day, it had neared perfection as a food companion, seemingly at rest within itself. Fairly high acidity, the number one characteristic of the 2010 vintage, is excellently integrated into the wine's texture, lending it some grip, but none of the dry feeling on the palate that unripe acidity can give you.
Excellent, and the joyful sounds emitted by the drinkers were quiet, sane, and sustained.
Tesch screw caps
These are the screw caps you refer to, I presume? Tesch uses a colour coding for the different vineyard sites, if I remember correctly.
In reply to Tesch screw caps by torsten
It has been ages since I
It has been ages since I dropped by the blog, sorry guys. Moving to Berlin has been a bit crazy (small baby doesn't help either I guess)
I visited Tesch a few years ago with Wines of Germany, he is a bit of a character. I think the wines are great, a real education in the way Riesling conveys the type of soil it is grown on.
I don't think he gets the respect he deserves to be honest. And boy are they dry, my personal favourite is the Karthäuser but to taste them side by side is a treat.
On the marketing side keep an eye out for the 3D vineyard map.
In reply to It has been ages since I by Andrew Connor
Andrew, great to hear from you! I hope Berlin is treating you well, and you and the family are now settled!
Tesch is definitely a character; I visited last year and still remember the manic laughter and all the stories he has to tell about the musicians he supplies with wine, and about transforming the business. Financially he seems to be doing okay now and he also got lots of good press, but not everyone appreciates his style...