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Andreas Bender Dajoar Zenit Riesling 2017

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Andreas Bender Dajoar Zenit Riesling 2017 is classic Mosel Riesling. An off-dry but crisp and elegant Riesling only produced in exceptional vintages, it’s light in body and tastes of rich golden fruit balanced by crisp freshness

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White Wine, Aromatic White

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I was asked if I could get hold of Andreas Bender Dajoar Zenit Riesling 2017 given that I stock Andreas Bender’s amazingly aromatic Pinot Noir. What a great recommendation it was – this is classic off-dry Riesling from the Mosel. In the Mosel region the vineyards’ slate “soils” retain the heat and help make the wines lighter, lower in alcohol, higher in acidity and add a certain finesse. Predominant flavours and aromas are apples, yellow plums, apricot and blossom with wet stone minerality. Even if you think you don’t like off-dry wines, give this a try because the lively acidity cuts through the sweetness making this a lovely refreshing drink.


In the dialect of the Mosel ‘Dajoar’ means “as the olden days” and so Andreas Bender uses it to describe this style of Riesling, made as an homage to the Mosel wines of the past: “off-dry with a playful sweetness that balances out the crisp acidity”. Don’t confuse this wine with Andreas Bender’s Dajoar Riesling; this one is is ‘Dajoar Zenit’, ‘Zenit’ being used only on Andreas’ best wines made in exceptional vintages. It is drinking beautifully now but will also age for some years yet.


Andreas Bender describes his ethos: “The most important thing for me are first-class grapes from the best locations, traditional winemaking and uncompromising quality.” So a perfect match for Wines With Attitude. He combines the old and the new – “he’s a traditionalist when it comes to choosing prime soils, hand selecting grapes, careful cellar work, simple winemaking methods and natural fermentation. But his contemporary “wine-thinking” is clearly visible with his label design and his belief that wines need to be accessible and fun.”

Food Pairing

Chilled this Riesling makes an amazing aperitif and it will go well with many foods but especially with hot spicy dishes and sweet & sour. Any Riesling that’s got a slight sweetness to it like this one will also be the perfect accompaniment to fatty meat dishes, think goose, duck or pork, cooked or served with fruity sauces or stuffing.


Serve at: 10 – 12°C

Producer's Notes

“Powerful, with intense aromas of citrus, quince and wet shale; lush and long on the palate, with a rich and persistent finish. Will age beautifully.”

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