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 Rudesheimer Sylvaner Trocken "Alte Reben"

The sylvaner vines at Leitz sit at the top of the Rüdesheimer Drachenstein vineyard, along the forest line and are more than 30 years old. In the past these vines had merely been blended into the basic Riesling QbA at a rate below 5%; but now, thankfully, they are separated and fermented alone. In spite of this being bottled under screwcap, this is not aged in stainless steel like other Leitz wine under stelvin. The Sylvaner Trocken “Alte Reben” is produced in the same way as all of the Erste Lage and Grosses Gewächs wines at Leitz – fermented with native yeasts in old German füder with continued elevage on the lees. This is a ridiculous value as this wine expresses the textures and layers one would more expect from a Sylvaner from an Erste or Grosse Lage.

  • 2016
  • Sylvaner
  • QbA
  • Germany
  • Rüdesheim
  • Johannisberg
  • Sustainable: Fair 'N Green
  • Drachenstein
  • South
  • Quartzite
  • Neutral oak cask
  • Neutral oak cask
  • 4.1
  • 750 ml

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