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2016 Leitz Riesling Rheingau Berg Kaisersteinfels GG

2016 Leitz Riesling Rheingau Berg Kaisersteinfels GG

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  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Under the direction of Johannes Leitz, Weingut Josef Leitz has earned the reputation of being one of Rheingau’s top growers and moreover, one of the finest producers in Germany. Since taking over his family estate in 1985, Johannes has grown his holdings from 2.6 hectares to over 40, most of which are Grand Cru sites on the slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg. Once the home of some of the world’s most sought after and expensive wines, the region fell to mediocrity in the years following the Second World War. Josi has made it his life’s work to reclaim the intrinsic quality of his native terroir and introduce the world to the true potential of the Rheingau.

    From the 2011 vintage, Leitz began to resurrect the once neglected site of Kaisersteinfels, which has become one of the most sought-after wines of the Rheingau. “Der Kaiser” sits high, just beneath the forest line of the Rüdesheimer-Berg, with a spectacular view overlooking the confluence of the Nahe and Rhein Rivers. The singular terroir on the westernmost point of the Rheingau is composed of quartzite, very old grey slate, as well as some iron-rich red slate and produces wines with incredible complexity and length.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    On the nose, fresh and cool notes of delicate minerality, accompanied by lively scents of yellow fruit. There are subtle hints of mirabelle and finely wrought nuances of oak. The wine coats the mouth with an impressive mineral impact, complemented with ripe apples, mirabelle and white peach. There is also a haze of wild herbs, which is so typical for the adjacent Berg Roseneck. Despite its youth it is easy to see where this wine can go, and with the elegantly embedded acidity , it clearly has a long life ahead of it.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Under the direction of Johannes Leitz, Weingut Josef Leitz has earned the reputation of being one of Rheingau’s top growers and moreover, one of the finest producers in Germany. Since taking over his family estate in 1985, Johannes has grown his holdings from 2.6 hectares to over 40, most of which are Grand Cru sites on the slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg. Once the home of some of the world’s most sought after and expensive wines, the region fell to mediocrity in the years following the Second World War. Josi has made it his life’s work to reclaim the intrinsic quality of his native terroir and introduce the world to the true potential of the Rheingau. Leitz’s estate vineyards lie entirely on the westernmost part of the Rheingau on the Rüdesheimer Berg—a steep, south-facing hillside of extremely old slate and quartzite—planted entirely to riesling, encompassing the Grand Crus of Schlossberg, Rottland, and Roseneck. Leitz trains his vines in a single-cane, cordon system to improve the quality and character of the fruit, differing from the majority of Rheingau growers where the practice has long been to prioritize yield via a double-cane system. Johannes is a firm believer that the crucial work of the vigneron takes place in the vineyards. Focused on farming as sustainably as possible and working by hand, the grueling hours of labor on the ultra-steep slopes allow these ancient vineyards to reach their maximum potential. After harvest, Josi is equally focused on working gently in the press house and ageing the wines on their gross lees. Johannes selects bottle closures to reflect, and more crucially serve, the individual cellar practices employed for each wine; Stelvin closures are used for wines raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness while wines raised in cask are bottled under cork to allow for a long development in the cellar. With the 2011 vintage, Leitz began to designate the pre-1971 parcel names on select bottlings, reviving the individual voices of “Hinterhaus” (Rottland), “Ehrenfels” (Schlossberg), and “Katerloch” (Roseneck). He has also resurrected the once neglected site of Kaisersteinfels, which has become one of the most sought-after wines of the Rheingau. “Der Kaiser” sits high, just beneath the forest line of the Rüdesheimer-Berg, with a spectacular view overlooking the confluence of the Nahe and Rhein Rivers. The singular terroir on the westernmost point of the Rheingau is composed of quartzite, very old grey slate, as well as some iron-rich red slate and produces wines with incredible complexity and length. In 2011 Johannes was recognized by the esteemed Gault Millau as “Winemaker of the Year.” We could not be more excited to be a small part of the Leitz project. We believe that these are some of the finest white wines in the world.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    JAMES SUCKLING


    What an amazing nose of wild flowers and herbs and what a dazzling mineral finish! Stunning raciness and concentration, the finish kicking the can not just down the road, but right out of the solar system. One of the most exciting 2016s in the Rheingau. Drink now and for many years to come.

    MICHAEL SCHMIDT - JANCISROBINSON.COM


    Most Riesling lovers will find the fragrance of ripe local fruit with a hint of butterscotch irresistible, and only a doubting Thomas might suspect an overload of opulence. Fortunately, Thomas is proven wrong once again, as this Grosses Gewächs manages a perfect balance between the juicy fruit of gooseberry and melon, stimulating acidity and full, yet muscular, body. Subtle nuances of minerality and herbs lift the Kaisersteinfels into the premier league of grand cru Riesling. 18+ / 20 Points.