Leitz Riesling QbA Feinherb


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Vintage: 2018
Region: Johannisberg, Rheingau, Germany
Viticulture: Sustainable
Grape variety: 100% Riesling

Leitz Riesling QbA Feinherb is a super-delicious, off-dry Riesling that has crisp acidity, juicy aromatics, and is dangerously drinkable.

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About Leitz Riesling QbA Feinherb

Leitz Riesling QbA Feinherb is a super-delicious, off-dry Riesling that has crisp acidity, juicy aromatics, and is dangerously drinkable.

About the Weingut Joseef Leitz

Under the direction of Johannes Leitz, Weingut Josef Leitz has earned the reputation of being one of Rheingau’s top growers. Moreover, they are 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 these vineyards are Grand Cru sites on the slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg. Once, this was 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. He wants to introduce the world to the true potential of the Rheingau.

About the Rheingau Region

The Rheingau is a small region, stretching only 20 miles from east to west. It travels a course change in the Rhein River’s flow to the North Sea from its origins in the Swiss Alps. As the Rhein flows north along the eastern edge of the Pfalz and Rheinhessen regions. The river runs directly into the Taunus Mountain range. The land here has a subsoil comprised of pure crystalline quartzite. Rivers, no matter how mighty, are lazy. As a result, the Rhine has yet to break through the quartz infrastructure in the soil. At Mainz, the Rhein turns west. The 30 km stretch between Mainz and Rüdesheim makes up the majority of the Rheingau. The region is further north than the middle Mosel. However, its south-facing slopes get hotter than the narrow Mosel Valley. Therefore, this provides important diurnal temperature variation.

About the Viticulture and Winemaking

Leitz’s estate vineyards lie on the westernmost part of the Rheingau on the Rüdesheimer Berg. This is a steep, south-facing hillside of old slate and quartzite. The area is entirely Riesling and encompasses 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. This differs from the majority of Rheingau growers. They employ the practice that 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. He focuses 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. Aging the wines happens on their gross lees. Johannes selects bottle closures to reflect the individual cellar practices employed for each wine. Stelvin closures are used for wines raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. Wines raised in cask are bottled under cork to allow for a long development in the cellar.
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