Rheingau | Rüdesheim

Under the direction of Josi Leitz, Weingut Josef Leitz has earned the reputation of being one of Rheingau’s top growers and moreover, one of the finest producers in Germany. Since taking over his family estate in 1985, he has grown his holdings from 2.6 hectares to over 40, most of which are Grand Cru sites on the slopes of the Rüdesheimer Berg. Once the home of some of the world’s most sought after and expensive wines, the region fell to mediocrity in the years following the Second World War. Josi has made it his life’s work to reclaim the intrinsic quality of his native terroir and introduce the world to the true potential of the Rheingau.

Leitz 2016 Drachenstein Riesling Erste Lage

The Rüdesheimer Drachenstein vineyard is situated at the base of the national monument
“Germania” close to the Niederwald-forest. Here, the soil contains a combination of quartz and
quartzite with mixed-in red clay slate topsoil. The soil’s red colouring is a result of the iron content of this slate that has been oxidised to iron oxide, leaving a very rocky, hard soil. The soil warms easily because of the low water content and high solar radiation levels along the slope. The warm radiation and hydric stress in this site results in low yield, yet very aromatic grapes.

  • 2016
  • Riesling
  • Erste Lage
  • Germany
  • Rüdesheim
  • Johannisberg
  • Sustainable: Fair 'N Green
  • Drachenstein
  • South
  • Quartzite
  • Neutral German oak cask
  • Neutral German oak cask
  • 6.1
  • 750 ml

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