Lardot is the protege of Riesling auteur Ulli Stein.
Der Hirt is sourced from a south-facing Mosel vineyard called Valwiger Herrenberg. The wine is aged in 225 and 500 liter barrels for 12 months on the lees followed by six months in stainless steel. Minimal SO2.
More info from Vom Boden:
"This wine likely wouldn’t pass the “Mosel wine authorities;” they want everything filtered and crystal clear! So Philip has to (and, I’d add, is perfectly happy to) sell it as a simple “Landwein.” The problem is that you can’t indicate the vineyard site with such a wine, so Philip has created a persona, “der Hirt” or shepherd. This is, after all, the “Herrenberg,” or, “hill of the shepherd.” A similar character was created for his other Rieslings. There are two parcels here that Philip is working (0.21 hectares combined), both terraced vineyards with ungrafted vines from 30 to 75 years old. For the 2017 edition, Philip harvested twice about one week apart. The second picking was macerated overnight before pressing. Before bottling, roughly 20ppm SO2 was added and the wine was very lightly filtered. About 850 bottles produced."