Jonas Dostert is one of the young guns on the German wine scene, located in an unknown wine area called the Obermosel, close to the border with Luxembourg and about a 150 km from the better known Mosel area. The wines he creates are unreal and in a time of only dire stories about low yields and rotten harvests, Jonas Dostert is slowly taking over his father's domaine and creating a little more wine each vintage.
He mainly works with Elbling, somewhat of a mythical grape variety. Elbling is an ancient white grape that, during medieval times, covered much of what is now Germany and Luxembourg. The variety is most extensively planted in the Mosel, typically in sites where Riesling struggles to ripen. It has very high acidity and low alcohol, kinda playing the role that Aligoté plays in Burgundy, in the shadow of Chardonnay. The grape has an enormous potential when in the right hands and when grown in a warmer vintage, such as 2019.
Jonas studied enology at Geisenheim university and then studied under the legendary Leflaive in Burgundy. That's also where Jonas gets most of his barrels from: after three years of use most Burgundy estates sell of their used barriques and then the whole wine worlds fights over who gets to buy them: because of their soft, subtle aroma's and high quality elevage. Combining these barrels with Elbling (and even Chardonnay) Jonas has found the perfect match, these wines are brimming with energy and refreshing acidity. If you don't like a firm acidity in wines, these aren't for you because these are intense wines, but when you do, it's o so beautiful.