Oestricher Lenchen, Spätlese 303, 2011


This is on the richer side of Spatlese but is still largely made with clean, healthy grapes rather than botrytised ones, so the flavours are very vivid and precise despite the ripeness levels. Intense golden fruit flavours of mirabelle, plum, orange blossom, acacia honey, creamy-textured, floral and so seductive. Wonderful. A cuvee to mark the highest oeschle level ever measured in the Rheingau, 303, for a wine made by Spreitzer under the name of Hess. The record stood for decades until it was eventually broken by Weil in the 2003 vintage. Lenchen or "iron hill" is a red stony vineyard that gives both richness and mineral backbone to the wine. For Andreas Spreitzer the main challenge in 2011 was holding one's nerve and waiting. Despite a difficult summer and wet start to pre harvest, when rot started to take hold, the weather turned and October was "golden" according to Andreas, who continued "it was important to wait and get the benefit of this fine weather and not pick until the grapes were properly ripe. "Whilst 2011 was a warm vintage here Andreas thinks that compared to the last 20 years, 2011 was only slightly above average in terms of heat. The result is very fruity, alluring and seductive Riesling.

Contains Sulphites.

About Spreitzer

A magnificent 17 ha estate at Oestrich in the widest part of the Rhine, where sun reflection and humidity are so important. The Spreitzer brothers are a young team that in the last few years has elevated this into one of the Rheingau's great estates. Depending on the wine and the vintage a mixture of wood or steel is used and wild or cultured yeast. Usually the dry wines are fermented in oak and the fruity wines in steel. The main vineyard holdings are the loam and loess soils of the Lenchen and the quartz based Doosberg. The Spreitzer brothers are very active in the vineyard, reducing yield by pruning and green harvesting, and deleafing where necessary to aerate the vines. Hand picking is vitally important here as they do lots of whole cluster pressing. In the cellar there is no pumping of the wines, its all done by gravity. There is usually no fining but a light filtration. Spreitzer make wines that betray full, rich Rheingau characteristics with an almost Mosel precision and energy. A star Estate by any standards.

Appellation: Rheingau

7,700 acres along the northern side of the Rhine between Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim where the Riesling produces classic and substantial wines.