The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Year: 2021

Fuchs & Hase – Pet Nat Vol 3 2019

Slightly briney and medicinal on the nose, with beautiful acidity and appealing herbal nuances – hints of dried sage and crushed earth. Bone dry on the finish. This is a real character, with proper Riesling energy and some complexity that Read more

Fuchs & Hase – Pet Nat Rosé 2020

Very candied and sweet smelling on the nose. Crisp and quite acidic on the attack, but this goes into a vegetal, dirty direction on the finish.

Fuchs & Hase – Im Wunderland 2016

This is a new concept where Alwin and Martin want to show the power of aged pet-nat. Very floral and exotic on the nose, with notes of candied fruits and rose petals, but also some more earthy, tertiary hints. 46 Read more

Jan Matthias Klein – Orange Utan 2020

60% Riesling, 30% Muskateller, 10% Gewurztraminer 20 days skin contact. Jan’s second vintage of a full blown orange, this is far more successful than the muted 2019. Here, the aromatic grape varieties are evident on the nose, with hints of Read more

Jan Matthias Klein – Party Panda 2020

The nose is very open, fresh and expressive, the palate explodes with tropical fruit notes (mango, lychee), and nervy Riesling acids. Super fun and fruity. Aged for 6 months on the lees.

Fuchs & Hase – Pet Nat Vol 4 2018

This really demonstrates the mission of Alwin Jurtstisch and Martin Arndorfer – that their Pet-nats deserve to be aged. This feels far more substantial, crisper but also more complex and autolytic than their just released 2020 Pet nats. There are Read more

Gérard Bertrand – Orange Gold 2020

This big blend from major biodynamic producer Gerard Betrand has a gorgeous golden pink hue. The nose is fairly restrained, but the palate unleashes a full-on tutti-frutti assault. It’s certainly ripe, and filled with apricot and peach, but feels a Read more

Gérard Bertrand – Villa Soleilla 2020

With an enticing amber gold colour, the nose of this skin fermented cuvée is still a little shy. Some ripe pear and peach shows with a little aeration. The fruit feels very ripe, and the acidity is perilously low. But Read more

Jan Matthias Klein – Rizzy Star Must 2020

24 months on lees, bottled with 20g R/S. Quite oxidised on the nose, with bruised apple and burnt caramel. IT feels like oxidation has masked the fruit flavours. The freshness of Riesling isn’t there any more. Faulty bottle?

Fuchs & Hase – Pet Nat Vol 1 2020

Very herbaceous to the point of being a bit over the top weird and funky – quite green and peppery. Fairly soft textured, light and mineral. Dry and slightly funky on the finish.