Leitz Berg Rottland GG Riesling Hinterhaus (750ml)
The Leitz family has a history in winemaking as far back as 1744. In 1985 Johannes Leitz took over the family winery in Rudesheim, in the Rheingau region, and has grown the estate from 2.9 hectares to 40 hectares and has gained national and international recognition for his wines all while staying true to his root. He worked closely with the Ministry of Environment to restore traditional terraces above Rudesheim in the Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels vineyards. The impressively steep Leitz vineyards are blessed with 100% southern exposure, thus ensuring optimal ripening and good drainage which is needed for these complex and mineral driven wines.
This is a dry Riesling made from grapes grown on the Berg Rottland Grand Cru site. On the nose you will find very elegant nuances of thyme besides the rich flintiness which is so typical for the terroir. There is a a subtle pleasing smokiness on the nose and a nuance of oak is just perceivable on the refreshingly crisp palate. One taste and you can see why so many chefs and foodies love Riesling; it would pair well with anything from a light coconut curry to grilled duck breast with fruit chutney.
“The intensely yellow-colored 2015 Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Trocken GG Hinterhaus offers a deep, super ripe and intense, but also subtle bouquet of ripe Riesling berries intertwined with delicate stony and herbal aromas. The great elegance on the nose is repeated on the perfectly balanced palate, which is clear, fresh and precise, but also intense and complex; it has great finesse and a persistent finish. This is pretty much Rottland power for 12.5% alcohol. The wine has a firm structure and an excellent ageing potential, but should be aged at least for another three years or more.”
— Stephan Reinhardt