Little Bastard, Staffelter Hof 2019

Little Bastard, Staffelter Hof 2019

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Mosel, Germany 

The Staffelter Hof estate is one of the oldest in the world and has been in the current family however since 1805 when they bought it from Napoleon’s government. Jan Mattias Klein took over from his father in 2005 as a winemaker He continued to make classic Rieslings for a few years but in 2010/2011 started to change his thinking towards the future of the winery, and generally the future of the planet. He converted all of the vineyards to organic and moving to a more minimal style of winemaking, which also included reducing the level of SO2 used in the winemaking (Germany is known for very high levels due to residual sugar and potent acid).

The Little Bastard was one of the first naturals Jan made and it is a bastard in a region which is so focused on Riesling. It still is mainly Riesling, but with the right amount of Sauvignon Blanc and a tiny bit of Muscat & Muller Thurgau. They all ferment separately with various amounts of skin contact before they go into a big old barrel for just three months. It is a very wild, but easy drinking white wine with aromas of peach and lime.