Staffelter Hof Rizzy Starmust 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.
The grapes for this wine come from two parcels – Kirchlay & Letterlay, both on a mixture and grey and blue slate. The grapes are a mixture of a couple of different harvest times to ensure the perfect balance of fruit and acidity.
Vinification: The grapes were destemmed and underwent a 24-hour maceration before being pressed. Fermentation took place in a double fuder (2000L barrel) and lasted over 6 months. At that stage, the wine was bottled with 15g of residual sugar and it finished its fermentation in the bottle as per the ancestral, or pet nat method. In total it spent 18 months on lees. Unfined, unfiltered, unsulphured.