Andreas Adam’s winery is in western Germany – in the Drohn valley region – which takes its name from this tributary of the Mosel river. It’s around 50km north-east of Trier. His first official vintage was in 2000, aged just 21 years, from a one hectare vineyard belonging to his grandfather. ‘Im Pfarrgarten’ means ‘The Garden of the Rectory’
All harvesting is by hand, with thorough selection in the vineyard and minimal intervention. Only natural yeasts are used and wines are left on their lees for extended periods. The winery employs a combination of stainless steel tanks plus traditional oak fuder (1,000 litres) and halbfuder (500 litres). Slightly sweeter than Halbtrocken varieties, Feinherb wines balance on the fine line between sweet and dry. A glass of any Feinherb wine is intense, with rich, ripe fruit flavours that do not overpower into sweetness.
The Riesling grapes for the Weingut AJ Adam im Pfarrgarten Riesling Feinherb are sourced from part of the famous Hofberg vineyard – from 30-50 year old vines planted on the flatter, lower part of the hill around the ancient stone rectory building. Fermentation is in stainless steel.
Complex aromas of lime, grapefruit and white spice. Abundant citrus characters on the palate combined with crisp, zesty acidity ensures that, despite residual sugar levels of around 18g/l, the wine has a creamy yet refreshing finish.