This vineyard lies directly behind the heart of our village of Rüdesheim, at the foot of the Niederwald monument – hence the name “Hinterhau” or “back yard”. The vineyard faces completely south with up to a 50% gradient against the Rhine valley. The rocky, skeletal soils are high in red slate, with threads of gray slate and quartzite. The soils here warm quite easily and create intense energy in the root structure. This, along with the rocky subsoil, create great stress in the vines. This site is one of the oldest in the region, with history back to the year 1031.
Of my dry Rieslings, this site is always the first to ripen and tends to be the most intense and full-bodied, with a distinctive mineral structure. The usage of old, large oak casks for both vinification and aging tempers the intensity and fruit concentration, giving it further layers of balance.
Press Notes :
97 points, James Suckling – “Ripest of ripe peach and some ripe-apricot character is wrapped around the enormous structure on the palate. The huge concentration makes the walls shake! Then comes the super-mineral finish with a hint of positive bitterness adding an extra color to the huge tapestry. Drink or hold.” – Stuart Pigott