A thrilling and vibrant Riesling in the lighter Kabinett style, from red slate soil in the Mosel’s “little staircase” vineyard.
The Erdener Treppchen vineyard is so steep that, long ago, stone steps were built into the hillside to help workers reach the vines. The iron-infused, red slate soil produces wines that are muscular and complex, with an intense mineral finish. The early harvested Kabinett is a precocious wine, with red fruit aromas and an elegant yet muscular structure.
Extreme weather during the growing season gave us some headaches but, as always, Riesling proved its resilience by producing a range of highly aromatic and finely balanced wines in 2019. Generally dry conditions throughout spring and summer led to a lower-yielding crop, which was further reduced by the onset of botrytis late in the harvest. It is a fully ripe vintage, with vibrant aromatics and a pronounced acidity that gives brilliant structural precision to the wines.
Cool fermentation in a combination of stainless steel tanks and traditional Fuder barrels; fermentation stopped by chilling