Tesch is based at Langenlonsheim, a small village in the Nahe region of Germany. This area of the Nahe is hilly, described by Martin Tesch as a “mini-Rheingau”. The Tesch vines overlook a huge flat plain once occupied in pre history by the river Rhine. Now they face the winding river Nahe instead – a mere trickle in comparison. The valley is closed to the west, thereby offering protection from rain and wind and creating a microclimate of calmer and warmer conditions, especially at night.
The estate has a total vineyard holding of 18 ha, with the fruit for this wine coming from 35 year old vineyards. The grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed; they remain in contact with the skins for 4-8 hours before pressing to stainless steel tanks. In common with all Tesch wines, this wine is not aged in oak at all. Martin Tesch, a great rock music fan, believes that Riesling needs no amplification; therefore he describes this as Riesling ‘Unplugged’. The wine is filtered before bottling. Being German, the numbers for the wine really count and here they are – Alc 11.5% Residual Sugar 2.7 g/l, acidity 7.5 apH3.2.
Lovely green apple, freshness on the nose and palate with a cracking acidity. Racy, refined and refreshing, it also has this awesome spiciness on the back plate that adds real depth and complexity. Pure honest and dry. This one will wake you up from the deepest slumber with a mouth watering finish and laser like intensity. Be careful, Unplugged could make you wired.