Marto Riesling 2020
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Marto Riesling 2020 - Marto
Another demonstration of why Martin Wörner (aka Marto) has gained his illustrious reputation so early in his winemaking career. A bright, wild single-vineyard riesling in his typically expressive style, it’s all citrus on the nose, with a palate of crisp green apple and a whole load of minerality. An especially dry year at his sandstone soil vineyard in Rheinhessen has produced a vintage that is considered the best this white's ever tasted. With an orchard acidity that feels made for rich pork dishes, this was an instant yes at the tasting table.
Marto’s process is low-intervention, using native yeasts, no fining or filtration and no additives, including sulphites.
Despite having only produced his first independant vintage in 2016, Martin Wörner (better known as Marto) is already one of Germany's most in-demand natural wine producers. The 27-year-old is fully invested in natural processes, and works all 5 hectares of his family vineyard in Flonheim organically and with some biodynamic principles.
He has adopted a ground-up approach, focussing on soil health first. He uses cover crops throughout the vineyards to prevent erosion, allows sheep to roam free to keep grasses at bay, and refrains from tilling.
Grapes are harvested by hand, and only indigenous, natural yeasts are added in the winery. The wine is left to do it’s thing free of refining, filtration, and added sulphur. With wines like the Weiss blend, Marto has made a huge name for himself in a very short space of time, and is certainly a producer to keep your eye on for the future!
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