The Staffelter Hof Kiss Kiss Maddie’s Lips is produced at the Staffelter Hof estate and house. The estate was first found in documents that dated 862 AD. It has been in the current family however since 1805 when they bought it from Napoleon’s government. Quite a few of the oldest estates in the region began their journey in a similar fashion.
Since then, the winery has been handed down from generation to generation of the same family. It was primarily a bulk wine production until the late 50’s when current winemaker Jan Klein’s grandfather took over the winemaking. Jan Mattias Klein took over from his father in 2005 as a winemaker (aged 28). He continued to make classic Rieslings for a few years but in 2010/2011 started to change his thinking towards the future of the winery, and generally the future of the planet. He converted all of the vineyards to organic and moving to a more minimal style of winemaking, which also included reducing the level of SO2 used in the winemaking (Germany is known for very high levels due to residual sugar and potent acid).
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.
2018 Kiss Kiss Maddie’s Lips is very lively, it’s deliciously fresh & crunchy fruit has a subtle earthiness. Youthful and fun, nothing that needs serious thought but a great natural glugger with refreshingly modest alcohol. A bit like drinking pure grape juice, but without the sugar hit. Very welcome!