Kloster Eberbach Steinberger Riesling Trocken 2020

25.00

Description

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.

Marked by an exquisite balance of concentration and elegance, this is very classy stuff. Aromas of peach, orange peel and rose petals, the palate is full and rounded, a fine minerality supporting oodles of ripe stone-fruit and layers of secondary flavours including lime zest, orange blossom and honey. The finish is dry despite around 8g residual sugar per litre, a perfectly balanced acidity making it just delicious.

  • Dry, minerally, zesty
  • 750ml
  • 12% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2030
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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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93 Points
James Suckling (2020)

Reviews

  • James Suckling

    At once uplifting and elegant, but also deep and subtle, this has more than enough whitepeach and floral character to fill out the finely etched, mid-weight palate. Long graceful finish. Just beginning to show its class. 93 points.

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