Philip Lardot - Der Hirt 2019
Philip Lardot is both a dear friend and a very talented vigneron, working his magic on the steep slopes of the Mosel. Der Hirt is coming from a very steep, very old (planted in 1945) vineyard in Valwig, called Der Valwiger Herrenberg, about 30 minutes from the cellar in Bullay.
Because of the Southern exposure and the soil type, these wines are his richest Rieslings. Not necessarily in alcohol levels but mouth feel. Rich, complex, very deep flavors and minerality. Long barrel aging (over 1,5 years), allowing malolactic fermentation and skipping the step of filtration has lowered the alcohol levels, which turns out to be very befitting for these Mosel rieslings.