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St. Urbans Hof Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling 2012

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"Ockfen is an old wine growing village located in a side valley of the Saar River. It is renowned for its outstanding vineyard site, 'Ockfener Bockstein' which is a steep valley slope with unobstructed southern exposure. The soil consists of hard slate stones, which, in fact, leave a grayish blue powder residue when handled. This is indicative of thesolubility of the soil, which allows the vine roots to absorb mineral nutrients quickly and easily during the growing season. As a result the wines of Ockfener Bockstein are especially lively and minerally in character." -Importer

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St. Urbans-Hof:
Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905, Nik Weis' grandfather) founded the winery in 1947. In the early years he built cellars and winery buildings on a hill on Leiwen's periphery. He named his estate for the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban, and 'hof' (the German word for 'estate'), St. Urban's Es... Read more
Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905, Nik Weis' grandfather) founded the winery in 1947. In the early years he built cellars and winery buildings on a hill on Leiwen's periphery. He named his estate for the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban, and 'hof' (the German word for 'estate'), St. Urban's Estate. In the 1960s his son, Hermann, assumed management of all operations. During Hermann's tenure the nursery expanded to become one of Germany's largest. He established himself as a world-recognized vine breeder, especially noted for his work with Riesling. At the beginning of the 1970s he pioneered the use of this noble variety in Canada greatly contributing to the introduction of vitis vinifera into this country still new to quality winemaking. He planted the first large parcel of Riesling vines in the Niagara Peninsula under the title of St. Urban Vineyard, later to become Vineland Estates Winery. Hermann was always interested in, and so kept his canny eye cocked towards, purchasing top Mosel vineyards. In 1989 he purchased some of the Mosel and Saar's top sites in the high-level villages of Piesport, Ockfen, and Wiltingen. Together with his wife Ida, a daughter of the Saar, he extended his vineyard area to the relatively expansive 33 hectares (approx. 82 acres). In 1997, their son, Nik(olaus) joined the winery. Father and son together restructured the vineyard holdings by selling off those of lesser quality and acquiring further parcels of greater quality. 2004 heralded another expansion for the Weis family with Nik's marriage to Daniela who added to the family's holdings with her's of the Mehringer Blattenberg. Nik and Daniela's family today includes their small children Nic(olaus) and Clara. Read less

External Reviews for St. Urbans Hof Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Riesling

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/04/2015

Aromas and flavors of apple, cherry and white plum are concentrated and full of fresh-crushed shiso leaf and basil notes. Golden raisin and honeysuckle details chime in on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/04/2015

Very clear, pure, fresh and spicy on the nose, the 2012 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett reveals floral aromas of white peaches, lemons and brown sugar. Nicely juicy and piquant on the palate, this is a stimulating, salty and tension-filled Riesling, clear, lean and electrifying.



"Ockfen is an old wine growing village located in a side valley of the Saar River. It is renowned for its outstanding vineyard site, 'Ockfener Bockstein' which is a steep valley slope with unobstructed southern exposure. The soil consists of hard slate stones, which, in fact, leave a grayish blue powder residue when handled. This is indicative of thesolubility of the soil, which allows the vine roots to absorb mineral nutrients quickly and easily during the growing season. As a result the wines of Ockfener Bockstein are especially lively and minerally in character." -Importer

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