Spreitzer - Riesling Alte Reben Trocken Rheingau VDP 2020 750ml (12.0% ABV)
The Spreitzer estate, founded in 1641 and one of the oldest in the Rheingau - now helmed by sons Andreas and Bernd Spreitzer who have controlled the estate since 1997.
Grosse Lage (Grand Cru): Lenchen vineyard in Oestrich is composed mostly of loam and loess soils. Numerous underground streams here ensure that even in dry seasons the vines are guaranteed a natural source of water. Within the Lenchen rests the two smaller parcels, Rosengarten and Eisenberg. Rosengarten, the ‘filet piece’ of the Lenchen, is a tiny parcel on lower elevation between the Rhein River and the Spreitzer’s home, and typically expresses characteristics of full fruit. Eisenberg sits in the most northeastern corner of Lenchen and maintains very old vines planted amongst red, iron-rich stones. Eisenberg was categorized by the Prussians in the 1860s as being amongst the highest in quality, and due to its exposition and rich loess-loam soils, it produces fruit of sufficient ripeness.
The Oestricher Doosberg vineyard is also composed mostly loam and loess soils, with the addition of quartzite, and sits at an elevation of 600 meters.
Viticulture practices are as natural as possible at Spreitzer and include alternating cover crops of herbs, greens, and lentils in the summer with grains in the winter. The Spreitzers strive to maintain fruit and finesse by cleaning the must by gravity for 24 hours after whole-cluster pressing, then allowing the wines to rest on their gross lees and only filtering once. The Spreitzers employ a long fermentation, and extended lees aging to protect the juice from oxidation. Mostly ambient yeasts are employed for fermentation in both temperature controlled stainless steel and 1200 liter casks of German wood, called stückfass. The resulting wines show great pedigree
this "old vines" cuvee is sourced from 2 esteemed plots: Oestricher Lenchen (Grand Cru!) and Oestricher Doosberg - soil is Loess and quartzite
classic, expressive, bone dry, unreal value - why we love Riesling. crushed stone, petrol, lime zest, great mix of green, yellow, and orange fruit tones, bright acidity, zingy, as easy to sip as lemonade.
region: Rheingau, Germany
style: crisp white
farming/cellar: sustainable, Fermentation in stainless steel tank and aging in 2,400L used oak