Oestricher Lenchen, Spätlese 303, 2012


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. There is absolutely no botrytis in this in 2012. Very pale in colour, slight reserve on the nose before the palate sidles up you gently releasing seductive waves of alphonso mango, salt, lime zest and honeysuckle. The bright clear flavours grow in intensity, elegant at first, then fresh, then suddenly with great vitality. Picked on November 8th this is seriously high toned for such a late harvest. Seamless and absolutely superb.

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.