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|Grand Cru Wineck Schlossberg
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|Biotite Granit, South/South East facing, Steep slope
Description of the wine Riesling Grand Cru Wineck Schlossberg 2022
In 2021, we added 1ha of Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg from Katzenthal. These old vines were brought to the domaine by the current vineyard manager Jérôme Noll. This Grand Cru is located on different hills with various facing from south-east to south exposures on very steep slopes for some of them. The soil is similar to Brand and Sommerberg: biotite granite (two micas). Wineck-Schlossberg is not at the end of a deep valley like Brand so the micro climate is perhaps more extreme between cold and warm periods the whole year long. However, the proximity of the mountains ensures cooler evening temperatures and less risks of sunburns. In 2022, the grapes were in their second year of biological and b-d conversion. It really is a beautiful little Grand Cru, but unfortunately it was hit by a serious hailstorm middle of August. We lost a lot of grapes but what remained produced a beautiful wine. The fermentation was relatively fast compared to other vineyards and the wine was dry well before summer 2023.
01/2024: Yellow pale intense gold colour. Expressive ripe nose showing wet stones, mineral aromas and Long lasting white fruits. The palate reveals a superb tense structure, dry palate, crystalline and lacy texture. Granitic vineyards are demanding but eventually the reward can be great. Dry finish with a ripe acidity. The 2022 vintage is a great introduction for us to this vineyard (except for the crop loss obviously). There is a saline aftertaste enhanced by complex tannins. A fabulous addition to our portfolio.