Axel Pauly is another shooting star in Germany’s fast developing wine scene. He was taught the basics of wine making during his trainings in both the Palatinate and Rheingau regions. Later Axel left Germany to gain experience in New Zealand and California. In 2003 he came back to start his studies at the University of Geisenheim and at the same time assumed responsibility of the family estate in Lieser, Mosel. Three years later, in 2006, he successfully finished his studies and became successor to his father, Rudolf.
Although Axel seems physically related to Vikings, his wines are of utmost elegance. Whilst he is tall and of impressive appearance, his wines are delicate and subtle. He focuses on making dry and feinherb wines. The estate is located in Lieser, not far from Bernkastel and all the vineyards are in the vicinity. Well timed harvesting by hand is the key for his wine philosophy. Only healthy grapes are allowed to enter the cellar door. Gentle temperature-controlled fermentation assures that the typical Riesling aromas remains in the juice.
Founded in 1968 and located in the heart of the Mosel valley at Leiser, where the vineyards are planted on steep slopes that run right down to the Mosel river. The 9.5ha is planted to 90% Riesling and 10% Pinot Madelaine and worked by hand.
2016 ‘Generations’ Feinherb Riesling
90 Points – By James Suckling