Altenkirch Riesling Spatlesse 2017


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With a history dating back to 1826, Altenkirch own about 15 hectares of some of the finest vineyards in the Rheingau. Located around the town of Lorch, where the Rhine is at its narrowest point, the vineyards benefit from incredibly steep vineyards of up to 60 degrees. The soil is made up of rich mineral slate and quartz, ideal for the cultivation of Riesling. In fact, the first ever pure varietal plantings of Riesling took place in the Rheingau, making it the spiritual home of German wines! Low intervention, high quality grape selection and manual harvesting at the core of the project. With cellars dug nearly a hundred meters deep into the cliff, they have been able to benefit from fantastic natural temperature control and have invested in a state of the art wine cellar. As Jasper Bruysten the winemaker says, it is the marriage between cellar technology and dedication to steep-slope viticulture that are key in producing perfect Rieslings.


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