The 2014 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 Buyer's Guide to Dry Riesling (see blue link below).
Molitor Haus Klosterberg Mosel 2014 - Sep 2016 Decanter review
In 1984, at the tender age of 20, Markus Molitor took over his father's winery with a clear aim: to produce Mosel Rieslings under the name "Molitor" in the tradition of eight generations and in the same quality that made the region world-famous 100 years ago – terroir-specific, unmistakeable and extremely storable. Built at the end of the 19th century as a winery, and acquired in 1984 by Markus Molitor, the Haus Klosterberg estate has been restored to its former glory by extensive renovations between 2009 and 2012. With great affection for detail, using historical and modern materials, the estate with its new Vinothek is an architectural highlight among the wineries on the Mosel and has won several awards including the "Architekturpreis Wein 2013".
Molitor wines are fermented at low temperature and slowly over months. The wines are then left to lie for several more months on the fine yeast to give them bloom and depth – the accustomed full-bodied character of the "Molitor Wines". After a pause in winter, fermentation is ended as the temperatures start to rise in the spring. The wines are then left to lie for several more months on the fine yeast to give them bloom and depth – the accustomed full-bodied character of the "Molitor Wines". In contrast to fermentation with industrially selected yeast cultures, Markus Molitor employs spontaneous fermentation with only yeasts that are naturally occurring on the skin of the grapes, converting the grape sugar into alcohol. Numerous yeast cultures, each of which is dominant at different stages of fermentation, turn the sweet grape juice into delicious Mosel Riesling. The diversity of natural yeasts enhances the complexity of the wines and gives authentic expression to the terroir character. Another advantage of spontaneous fermentation is the lower alcohol yield.
The bottles are colour coded according to the taste category of the wine. Markus Molitor explains: "The off-dry wines have a grey-green colour like slate. We do not use the term "semi-dry", as "feinherb" or "off-dry" is the historical term for this style of Mosel Riesling and provides a much better description of the flavour profile of the wines."
This Riesling has fresh and herbal aromas, with racy acidity on the palate. Piquant but light, with juicy sweetness perfectly balanced with mineral notes.