Kloster Eberbach Steinberger Riesling ‘Feinherb’ 2019




The large, south-facing Steinberg vineyard has a storied history, dating back to the planting of the first vines there at the start of the 13th century. To protect them from grape thieves and game, the monks built a wall up to five meters high and almost three kilometers long around their favourite vineyard, which was completed in the 18th century and has surrounded the vineyard like a monastery wall ever since. The wall also protects the vines from the cold air off the Taunus mountains, which form the backdrop to the historic Eberbach Abbey.

These Steinberger Riesling grapes are picked at full ripeness, gently pressed and fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel, resting for a few months on the lees prior to bottling.

This off-dry version is marked by an exquisite balance of concentration and elegance. Sweet apricot and pineapple aromas intermingle with floral notes and citrus, the palate is lush and weighted, a crystalline minerality running through it like a glacier stream, ripe, concentrated stone-fruit with secondary layers of musky spice and honey. The finish has a slight sweetness with around 17g residual sugar per litre, but it’s kept light and fresh by a zippy acidity.

  • Off-dry, minerally, aromatic
  • 750ml
  • 12% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2029
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Producer: Kloster Eberbach

Kloster Eberbach is an unparalleled vineyard estate in Germany's Rheingau wine region, on the Hessian Bergstrasse (the Hessian mountain road) and the slopes of the Rhine valley. They've been making wine here since the 12th century, French Cisterian monks establishing the abbey (kloster) in 1136 and, it's believed, bringing vines with them from Burgundy. What was initially intended for personal use soon developed into a coveted commodity that secured the future and prosperity of the monastery.

At 300 hectares, the vineyards of Kloster Eberbach were at one point the largest in medieval Europe. Today, vines cover almost 230 hectares, of which 33 hectares are in the UNESCO World Heritage Middle Rhine Valley and include unique monopole sites with a worldwide reputation. The walled Steinberg domain is around 900 meters from abbey and is considered one of the most prestigious and valuable vineyard locations in the world.

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