Couple of "blind buys". Had the Hensel Spätburgunder at my uncle's at Christmas and it was drinking very good. Great, easy everyday wine. So I thought, why not some of their other lineup?
Hensel's Saint Laurent is disgusting to me. I can't drink it. I'm not sure whether it's the vine or the bottle is completely flawed. It tastes like the wine has gone bad, or the wine itself fermented... if that makes any sense. At least my mum likes it.
Schneider makes good wines but he's very much into marketing "bs". Which isn't that bad by definition, since it kind of stirred up the Pfälzer wine scene, but he's also said to be a little imprecise about classifications and vineyards -- to his advantage, of course. Hensel also seems to partially take a similar marketing route. But he's got some special vineyards that are located 100-200 meters higher than most of Pfalz's famous vineyards which gives him a special status. Back in 2006, when the forum post where I got these informations from was posted, Hensel was cultivating just three vines and it was more of a hobby (he purchased and completely renovated the over one hundred years abandoned chateau.. so definitely a passionate hobby). By now, he's one of the more famous producers in the region.
Anyhoo, too much marketing or not, the wines are decent to very good (except Saint Laurent, of course