St. Urbans-Hof Zickelgarten Riesling 2011
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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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.
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