Demeter Masterclass

Demeter presents: Biodynamic Wine Quality
Masterclass ProWine China, Shanghai (16:15-17:45 pm, 8 Nov 2016, Hall E6, M36 Meeting Room) held by Ms. Nina Weis
Demeter is the Organic Farming Association with the strictest guidelines. Since 1924 it’s members follow biodynamic principles, organize their farms as closed organism-like systems and rely on the healing power of biodynamic plant preparations. For the winegrowers the key objective of their efforts is always the resulting wine quality. Only top grape material will become a Demeter wine and it’s delicate quality is preserved during the gentle processing in the wine cellar. The results are intense wines with high complexity, whose minerality testifies about their origin.
Demeter staff member and oenologist Nina Weis leads the visitors through a voyage straight into Demeter wine culture. Beside a short introduction about Demeter wines and biodynamic viticulture she will be showing top quality Demeter wines from different wine growing areas and answer your questions concerning biological diversity, biodynamic preparations, active soil stimulation and it’s influence on wine flavours.
Ian Dai would also join the master class as the speaker.
Demeter Masterclass Wine List:
2015 Riesling Buntsandstein (dry)
Weingut Frank John, Pfalz
Grapes for this Riesling are harvested exclusively from mottled sandstone sites, which is typical for this region of Germany (called Pfalz). The vines put down roots through this type of soil quite deeply and shapes the mineral expression of this Riesling. Short maceration, long pressing duration and fermentation (party with whole grapes) with the natural yeast flora in barrels of 1200 and 1400 litres lead to a Riesling with character and a great aging potential. The stabilization during one year with the whole yeast helps to gain a great wine performance. 
2015 Jakobus Riesling (dry)
Weingut Peter Jakob Kühn
Oestrich-Winkel is located next to the Rhine river, which serves as a heat accumulator and solar reflector for the vines. Different sites with diversified soil types provided the grapes for this wine, which is pure expression of the winery’s philosophy: biodynamic production, thorough grape selection, fermentation with the natural yeast flora and development by itself. It is a Riesling which can be enjoyed uncomplicatedly and which will be loved by consumers: relaxed, refreshing, lightly mineral. At the palate it shows a delicate fruit und mineral density. It is dry but not sour and has a good depth with a moderate alcohol of 11,5%. It has a beautiful spiciness and reserved fruit flavours of ripe apple and pear.
2013 Chardonnay Hadorne – Ilbesheim (dry)
Weingut Jürgen Leiner
The grapes for this wine come from a traditional Ilbesheim winegrowing site with heavy clay soil permeated by marlstone vains. Because of this soil quality the wines from those sites are characterized by density and complexity and present heavy spicy flavours. After a thorogh pressing and a long maceration the fermentation has been performed in fresh barriques made from French and Palatine wood with the natural yeast flora and a malo-lactic fermentation. The wine has been stabilized in barriques for 11 months with the whole yeast. It suits grilled seafood, crustaceans or white meat. It should be decanted before consummation.
2014 Spätburgunder – Ilbesheim (dry)
Weingut Jürgen Leiner
The nature reserve „Kleine Kalmit“ arouse about 27 million years ago from limestone and shell deposits from a prehistoric sea. The red sandstone sites heat up easily during daytime and are subject to the influence of chilled air flows at night, what leads to a delicate fruit aroma in the wines. The wine has been made with traditional fermentation on skins with the natural yeast flora and has been stabilized for some time in 500 l barrels. It suits stir-fried dishes of game, herbs cuisine and powerful seafood dishes.
2015 Lenchen Riesling Kabinett (sweet)
Weingut Peter Jakob Kühn
The geological particularity of the soil: fertile clay loess is permeated by red ferric quartzite vains. Early morning mist arising from the nearby creek favours the occurrence of Botrytis cinerea – ideal condition for the creation of noble sweet wines. The animating and lightly fruitful Lenchen Kabinett suits hot sweet Asian food with strong flavours. It also can be applied as an aperitif combined with salty or smoked snacks or accompany deserts, for example a French style tarte.