2018 Leitz Rudesheimer Riesling Kabinett KlosterlayRiesling from Germany
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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...
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.
“Lay” is a very old word meaning slate and "Kloster" is the German translation of Abbey. The slate found here is ancient—predating the Devonian period—and similar to the crumbly, soft grey slate found in the Rottland. Josi believes this site is destined for a fruity style and therefore always makes Kabinett from this vineyard. Clear and precise on the nose where ripe Riesling flavors intertwine with some earthy mineral tones, the light yet full-flavored palate is surprisingly pure and offers a lingering piquant, racy and elegant Riesling Kabinett full of terrior-driven character and finesse. This is a lovely stimulating, salivating Kabinett.