Jan Matthias Klein 'Kiss Kiss Maddie's Lips' Rosé Pét-Nat 2019
Producer: Jan Matthias Klein
Varietal: Fruhburgunder (an early-ripening variant of Pinot Noir)
Color: Sparkling pink
Notes: The winemaker and cellar master at Jan Matthias Klein is one of the few women of color working in the industry; Peruvian born Yamile Abad. A love for riesling brought her to the Mosel and quickly she dove into the world of wine making. She calls her work area in the cellar her 'QUEENDOM' and rightfully so!
11% alc., 15g/l RS. 100% Fruhburgunder (an early-ripening variant of Pinot Noir).
Bottled at four bars of pressure, unfiltered and unfined with zero added sulfur. Certified organic and vegan.
The wine feels fantastic in the mouth, simultaneously creamy and refreshing. The wine drinks essentially dry but the small amount of sugar propels the fruit, which is centered around plums and mulberries. Finishes bright and clean.
"Jan’s farming on the steep slate hills of the area is strictly organic—a very hard commitment to make. It is far easier to spray pesticides from a helicopter, for instance, than to scramble up and down 60-70⁰ gradient slopes placing natural insect repellants on each and every vine. The hard work is an intrinsic part of the winery’s founding legend, however. Centuries ago, a donkey was originally the laborer of the steep slopes in Kröv until a wolf killed it. Legend has it that the monks caught the wolf and made it do the vineyard work after it killed the donkey. Wolf “Magnus” is still the mascot of the winery today (hence the labels and names).
It cannot be emphasized enough: these are not normal Mosel wines. They would be exceptional in ANY of the world’s winemaking regions, actually. Klein makes classic Rieslings under the Staffelter Hof label, but works with ZERO SULPHUR on this line of wines. They are unfined, unfiltered, hand-bottled, and contain varying levels of palate-tingling residual CO2. The variety of grapes is kaleidoscopic, featuring cuvees from Frühburgunder, Germany’s ruddy, blue/black-skinned “early Burgundy,” a.k.a. Pinot Noir Précoce, Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Muscat, and a bewildering assortment of Portuguese grapes." -David Bowler