Moritz Kissinger
2020
Null Ohm
Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc
Rheinhessen, Germany

‘Diversity is resilient’. This is the motto driving the work of Moritz Kissinger and his father, Jürgen, 4th generation winemakers in the Rhine valley. In early 2000 Jürgen and Moritz invested in a new, functional cellar on the outskirts of Uelversheim, but it wasn’t until some years later that the family stepped fully into holistic farming. With an oenology degree and a number of internships under his belt, Moritz kick-started his career in 2018 with a particularly memorable barrel of Chardonnay which made ripples in the wine world. Mortiz is a winemaker driven by intuition, healthy soil and tasty wine. With a diverse ecosystem and delicious wine as their priorities, Weingut Kissinger aren’t afraid to use small amounts of sulphites to improve their wines.

The 0 Ohm is a cuvée both of grapes and the soils in which they are founded. Chardonnay growing on the Rhine front in lime and loess joins Weissburgunder (aka Pinot Blanc) from loam soil in the Uelversheim vineyards. The result is a delicate wine with a fresh minerality and sound structure: a living wine, from living soil. Spontaneously fermented grapes are left on the lees for ten months in small, oak barrels before being bottled, unfiltered, with a small amount of sulphite. The nose is buttery, with a slightly woodiness and is followed by citrus, unripe apple and passion fruit on the tongue. Decant half an hour before drinking and team it with Spaghetti alle vongole or fried fish.

This wine is part of
 
Volume 38: The Refined Edition