Of Thorsten’s entire range of dry wines, his Kellerchen is the Unicorn wine of the bunch; often, just 300 bottles or so are produced. From two small terraces in the steeps of the Schäf, surrounding a small underground cave/cellar that give the bottling its name. The vines are mostly 100+ years of age, with a few young vines as things warrant replanting. It is nearly bone dry, and the combination of its long lees ageing and completed malolactic give a really cool combination of softness and cut. Like all things here, the depth is undeniable. This is produced stylistically quite similarly to the Lentum, but with an even more singular character. Again, a little * awarded here.
“Tasted from the 20-year-old barrique and still unsulfured, the 2015 Reiler Mullay-Hofberg Riesling Kellerchen is from a single plot with two terraces that are situated in a small hollow where 10- to 100-year-old vines give the ripest Riesling berries of the whole Mullay-Hofberg. This is an intense, round, piquant and very well structured Riesling with almost zero grams of residual sugar and a very long, intense finish. A great, really complex expression of the 10-hectare terroir that is almost completely cultivated by Thorsten Melsheimer. This excellent Riesling will be bottled in November with a total of 25 milligrams of sulfur.” 92-93+ Stephan Reinhardt for the 2015, NOT THE 2018 OFFERED HERE.