Andreas Bender, Dajoar Zenit Riesling 2019, Mosel, Germany
Andreas Bender's wines are a constant at Iron & Rose. "Dajoar" has been a go to Riesling for so many Riesling fans for a number of years - and made many Riesling converts.
Andreas was only 13 years old when he made his first wine, learning about viticulture, soil and terroir from his father who was a vine propagator. From then on he knew he was destined to be a wine maker. He studied and then hit the road, working at wineries in Germany, France Italy and the US before he settled back home in 2008 to start his own project on his family vineyards.
Andreas' philosophy is unusual in that he doesn't commercialise his top single vineyards separately. This doesn't mean he's not a traditionalist though and actually vinifies grapes from each individual vineyard site separately every year, resulting in a multitude of different cuvées which are later blended to make the best of each vintage into a number of different wines. He believes careful cellar work, simple techniques and natural fermentation are key.
Andreas' own vineyards are farmed organically and he also works with trusted growers who farm to his specifications.
In the dialect of the Mosel, the word ‘Dajoar’ means “as the olden days”. It is the term chosen by Andreas to describe this style of Riesling, made as an homage to the Mosel wines of the past: off-dry with a playful sweetness that balances out the crisp acidity.
Whilst Andreas makes most of his wines from across his vineyards, his 'Zenit' labels are sourced from single plots only in exceptional year, signifying for Andreas the best the Mosel has to offer.
Country - Germany
Region - Mosel
Variety / Blend - Riesling
Wine Style - White Wine
Farming - Organic