Andreas Bender began making wine when he was 13 - unofficially, mind you. This is only natural for someone who literally grew up roaming on all fours in the vineyards of the Mosel wine region where his father was grafting vines.
His wine pursuit began with lots of encouragement and in the perfect setting. An acute sense of place is what you find in his wines. Andreas is a young and wisely focused winemaker concentrating on the grapes that are suited to the environment of the Mosel region. His wine experiences include the U.S., France and Italy. A Geisenheim University scholar in Oenology and viticulture, his primary focus is in Riesling from mixed and single parcels, the former being Paulessen, named after his ancestor's estate.
He manages 3.5 hectares of his own vineyards and buys-in grapes of the strictest specifications from neighbouring growers. Laboriously picked and hand-sorted, to ensure the highest quality of juice. There's a spark of innovation to contrast his peers too. Use of retired oak barrels is quite unconventional for the region and can be a bit hit or miss - in his case it's a hit, I'll happily pledge. It just adds this extra depth to an otherwise light-as-a-feather wine. Light but plenty of shadow. There's impeccable balance to his wines and concentration that stands up to the strongest flavours in food.
His Dajoar Riesling is full of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, vibrant purity and intensity on the palate, very clean and precise white wine with gorgeous fruit and minerality.
Or try Riesling from the Zenit range - A true Mosel Riesling from astonishingly steep vineyards that just dive right into the river Mosel. Very cool climate in style with only the red slate in the soils, and sun facing aspect that ripens the fruit. Light but so intense with razor sharp acidity and ripe sweet apples. Deliciously honeyed nose...