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St. Urbans-Hof Zickelgarten Riesling 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Zickelgarten is a piece of land that lies in the heart of the Ockfener Bockstein vineyard on a curved steep hill. The vines along this hill enjoy sun from early morning ‘till late evening. The forest at the top of the hill provides a steady, continuous source of water to the roots of the vines. The soil, although hard and composed of a rough slate, also has pieces of quartzite which gives the wine a somewhat salty or chalky taste. The winds coming down the hill cool the grapes developing the most intense aromas and a moderate acidity. Organic fertilizers are used to achieve a natural balance of the soil, and yields are purposely kept low to produce well-structured wines. Grapes are harvested as late as possible to allow the upmost flavor and ripening. All work in the vineyard is done by hand. Once in the cellar, the grapes are gently crushed, and the skins remain on for a short time to bring forth the full aroma from the juice. Care is then taken to press the pulp of the skins and juice, and fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks in cool temperatures to achieve the sparkling balance of a Riesling. The wine is then put in 1,000 liter German oak barrels for several months before being lightly filtered and bottled. St. Urbans-Hof winery acquired the Zickelgarten land and decided to revive the ancient name of the vineyard. It is with the 2011 vintage, and with a sense of pride, they brought back the Zickelgarten name on the bottle.

Region: Germany » Mosel » Zickelgarten

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  • 2011

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Winery: St. Urbans-Hof
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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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

Tasting Notes:

This Riesling from St. Urbans-Hof is characteristic of the wines produced yearly at its famous vineyard, Ockfener Bockstein, in the Saar Valley. This vineyard in the Saar Valley produces one of the most important crus, and is considered one of the best sites in the world for Riesling. Only 10 of the 200 cases made were imported—a first release of a very special wine from a very old parcel! Smooth texture, fruity, and floral notes of lilac, this wine is juicy and crisp with a lasting acidic finish.

Zickelgarten is a piece of land that lies in the heart of the Ockfener Bockstein vineyard on a curved steep hill. The vines along this hill enjoy sun from early morning ‘till late evening. The forest at the top of the hill provides a steady, continuous source of water to the roots of the vines. The soil, although hard and composed of a rough slate, also has pieces of quartzite which gives the wine a somewhat salty or chalky taste. The winds coming down the hill cool the grapes developing the most intense aromas and a moderate acidity. Organic fertilizers are used to achieve a natural balance of the soil, and yields are purposely kept low to produce well-structured wines. Grapes are harvested as late as possible to allow the upmost flavor and ripening. All work in the vineyard is done by hand. Once in the cellar, the grapes are gently crushed, and the skins remain on for a short time to bring forth the full aroma from the juice. Care is then taken to press the pulp of the skins and juice, and fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks in cool temperatures to achieve the sparkling balance of a Riesling. The wine is then put in 1,000 liter German oak barrels for several months before being lightly filtered and bottled. St. Urbans-Hof winery acquired the Zickelgarten land and decided to revive the ancient name of the vineyard. It is with the 2011 vintage, and with a sense of pride, they brought back the Zickelgarten name on the bottle.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 9%

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