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Schieferblume means “Flower of the Slate” and is a blend from different Riesling vineyards.
“Schieferblume" is a composition, a cuvée, of grapes from several vineyards where we have planted Riesling. We are fortunate in the Mosel to have particularly soft Devonian slate, mostly the blue and gray slate that warms quickly and stores the heat of the day and then slowly radiates at night. This is the "gold" of the Moselle, because these stony slopes the water does not stay. The Riesling does not like wet, cold "feet."
But what benefits the later wine quality is a certain positive stress, the effort, because the vine has to stretch its roots deep into the earth and rock cracks during the hot summer months when the topsoil dries out. From this effort of the vine to suck its water from great depths results the saltiness, the minerality and thus elegance of the Moselle wines. This is why they were once highly prized as ideal accompaniments to fine foods.
The Schieferblume 2020 comes mostly from the vineyard "Langfuhr", a single vineyard directly on the Moselle, surrounded by forest, meadows and the river. Only a narrow farm and cycle path on the former track bed of the Moselle railroad leads there, and we enjoy the perfect idyll there. The famous painter William Turner, once sat here and painted the ruins of the Wolfer monastery, which can be seen below. This tranquility communicates itself to the wine, which is not at all "excited", but encourages casual chatting.