Weingut August Kesseler | Rheingau
August Kesseler is considered by many to be one of the very top Pinot Noir producers in the whole of Germany, and tasting his Spätburgunders it is not hard to see why. Amazingly, the slate soils of the Assmannshauser Hollenberg vineyard, where most of his Pinot Noir comes from, are said to have been planted up to 1000 years ago. Fermentation and ageing of the Pinots is carried out the Burgundian way and the resulting wines seldom fail to impress; they are stylish, moreish and extremely pure expressions of Pinot Noir, regardless of context. August has also swiftly gained a reputation for world class Riesling. In his own words “I am a Mosel fan, I like lightness and drinkability in the wines.” The style of the wines is something of a halfway house between Mosel and Rheingau Rieslings, retaining great lightness of touch to go with their innate power. August’s approach is different to that many growers in this part of the Rheingau: the warmer sites around Rudesheim tend to be reserved for Grand Cru dry wines, while the fruity sweeter wines mostly originate from the cooler terroirs around Lorch.