2017 Maximin Grunhaus, Abtsberg Grosse Lage Mosel Riesling Spatlese

2017 Maximin Grunhaus, Abtsberg Grosse Lage Mosel Riesling Spatlese

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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

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On the nose, there are notes of ripe apricot and cassis overlaying a crisp citrus aromatic and more herbal nuances. The wine has a salty minerality and a round body with the perfect balance between acidity and sweetness.

2017 Maximin Grunhaus, Abtsberg Grosse Lage Mosel Riesling Spatlese

Located on steep, south-facing slopes two kilometres from where the Ruwer river meets the Mosel, the estate of Maximin Grünhaus has a history of viticulture dating from the Roman times. It takes its name from the Abbey of Saint Maximin, a Benedictine monastery which owned the land from the 7th to 18th century. Passing into French administration under Napoleon and then eventually to the von Schubert family in the late 19th century, the estate is now overseen by Carl von Schubert, who represents the fifth generation taking care of the vineyards.

The Abtsberg vineyard is classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage, designating it as one of the best in Germany which produce wines particularly expressive of their site with exceptional ageing potential. The Abtsberg is the most famous and steepest vineyard of the estate. The soil is composed of blue Devonian slate. The hillside runs south-east to south-west, achieving a gradient of up to 70%, which requires laborious hand-harvesting. The Abtsberg is located directly outside the castle Maximin Grünhaus and wines harvested from this vineyard are amongst the longest-lived Rieslings of the region.

The grapes are closely monitored and picked by hand in several stages to capture the right ripeness level for the Spätlese (‘later harvested’) style. This results in riper grapes than the Kabinett, with increased concentration across aroma, flavour and sugar levels. The cellar is situated minutes from the vineyards to ensure quick pressing in a pneumatic press after harvest to retain the grapes’ aromatics, freshness and complexity. The must is then fermented with natural yeasts in a Fuder, a classic Mosel 1,000 litre oak cask, made from wood from the estate’s own forest by local coopers. The fermentation is then stopped by chilling to produce a wine with a natural residual sweetness level of 62.3 g/l.

2017 was a challenging vintage in Mosel. During the early summer, the warm temperatures and rain encouraged some infections to spread. However, the sun at the end of summer provided excellent conditions for the ripening of grapes, and the harvest was healthy.