Country, Region: France, Alsace
Felsaspranger [rock splitter]: Alsatian for a dry and sharp wine.
Three childhood friends, now at the head of each family's domain decided to combine a batch of each of their wines and see where it took them. Paul Fuchs, Jérôme Mader and Eric Kientzler are the Drei Manner Wie (three like men) who are still avid wine lovers at heart, despite the pressures of running the family business.
The genesis for Super Felsa Spranger actually occurred a few years ago on a trip to Australia when Eric and Jérôme were inspired by the creative labels they encountered. Back home in Alsace they hooked up with their old friend Paul and took a colloquial saying from the local Alsatian dialect and turned it, tongue-in-cheek, into a wine brand. All they needed now was some wine.
So in vintage 2018 they each contributed a parcel of fruit and the Super Felsa Spranger was born. Far from the implications of the name and the label image, the wine itself is no 'battery-acid-and-water' Riesling. Indeed, with the fruit coming from classic marl and limestone terroirs it is a seriously good, traditional Alsatian Riesling.
'Vibrant and fresh, the wine leaps out of the glass with white flower and citrus aromas, hints of preserved lemon adding a touch of exotic complexity. In the mouth it shows lovely volume and flavour, with the usual 'over-wintering' on lees adding a subtle creaminess to the texture, nicely rounding out the succulent, racy and dry finish. Classic Alsace Riesling from a terrific vintage. Serve with anything seafood, Alsatian choucroute or a soft cheese.'
Click the images above to see the data sheet. And note that the three winemakers agree that at least 1/3 of the wine is good!
Here is a little video (in French) of the three compatriots having some fun, launching the Super Felsa Spranger in Ribeauvillé, Alsace.