2013 RÜDESHEIMER BERG KAISERSTEINFELS, Leitz. Rheingau
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Area: Kaisersteinfels is a small (1.65 hectare) vineyard at the top of the slope above the town of Rüdesheim. Being so high (and cool) it's the latest ripening to in the village. The soil is a mix of red slate and quartz. The town itself has long been thought of as a mecca for tourism (70,000 inhabitants, 2.8 million visitors per year) but not for serious wine. In fact its warm location in the 'Lower Rheingau', with steep south-facing slopes, enables it to produce Riesling both intense and elegant.
Grape Variety: Riesling matured in large (1,200 litre) oak casks
Producer: Johannes Leitz has taken his family estate in Rüdesheim from 3 hectares to 40, and from anonymity to celebrity. He is a fine example of modern German winemaking - producing brilliant wines in both dry and sweeter styles. In 2011 he won the prestigious Gault Milau Wine Guide's accolade as Winemaker of the Year.
Old Bridge Rating: Actually just off-dry (11g r.s.) but you would barely notice. Exceptional balance.
£44.00 per bottle
£41.80 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£39.60 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles