Leitz Weingut ‘Berg Roseneck’ Katerloch GG 2019

Leitz Weingut ‘Berg Roseneck’ Katerloch GG 2019

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This vineyard site sits below the terraces of the Niederwald monument and is named after the rose hedge, a protruding granite cliff within the vineyard with wild rose and rosehip blooms. This site is up to a 65% gradient but is protected from the intense winds of the valley by the Taunus mountains. The western section of the vineyard where this Riesling is sourced is incredibly rocky and one of the steepest sites in Germany. Grapes have been cultivated from this site since the year 1200 and the old terraces were restored between 1970-1985. The historical name "Katerloch," or “Devil’s Hole,” is the amphitheater portion of the mountain that appears as though it was carved out of the slope of the Rüdesheimer Berg.
Wines sourced from this site are always the coolest and leanest of our GGs, with intense citrus acidity and minty qualities to balance the firm acidity. The vinification and aging in 1200L German oak casks extenuate the heavy quartzite soils, further enhancing minerality.

Press Notes : 

96 points, James Suckling – “Super crystalline and sleek dry wine that’s so light on its feet, in spite of the serious concentration. Quite some tannin at the driving, stony finish. Very precise and cool at the end with intense herbal notes. Drink or hold.” – Stuart Pigott