Reticence on the nose betrays a deep, fulsome palate of lemon, grapefruit, and gently creamy exotic notes of banana and guava, delivered in powerful bursts of intensity. Fresh apricot and pineapple on the finish tell of the botrytis that made it into the blend. Powerful stuff. In 2013 there was only one fuder of Dombrobst Spatlese made.
A tiny estate based in the village of Graach, Schaefer produces some of the Mosel’s most intense and powerful wines from the Himmelreich and Domprobst vineyards. The latter vineyard has particularly diverse soil types so several parcels tend to be vinified and bottled separately as different Fuder numbers. The wines are all aged and fermented in large oak fuders and usually bottled by the May following the vintage. These are taut, powerful and complex, some of Germany's finest and most mineral wines.
The vineyards along the steep sided banks of the Mosel river, part of the region known as the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, are known for being some of the hardest vineyards in the world to work (due to their steepness) and home to some of the finest white wines in the world. Riesling is king in this cool region that follows the twists and turns of the River Mosel providing myriad different terroirs and vineyard aspects.