Located on steep, south-facing slopes two kilometres from where the Ruwer river meets...
the Mosel, the estate of Maximin Grünhaus has a history of viticulture dating from the Roman times. It takes its name from the Abbey of Saint Maximin, a Benedictine monastery which owned the land from the 7th to 18th century. Passing into French administration under Napoleon and then eventually to the von Schubert family in the late 19th century, the estate is now overseen by Carl von Schubert, who represents the fifth generation taking care of the vineyards.
The Abtsberg vineyard is classified as a VDP.Grosse Lage, designating it as one of the best in Germany which produce wines particularly expressive of their site with exceptional ageing potential. The Abtsberg is the most famous and steepest vineyard of the estate. The soil is composed of blue Devonian slate. The hillside runs south-east to south-west, achieving a gradient of up to 70%, which requires laborious hand-harvesting. The Abtsberg is located directly outside the castle Maximin Grünhaus and wines harvested from this vineyard are amongst the longest-lived Rieslings of the region.
The beginning of the 2016 season was typical, but high rainfall in early summer created serious disease pressure, which required careful vineyard management. Late frost and hail in the spring threatened the entire harvest. However, the weather improved from July onwards and the crop quality recovered, resulting in wines lower in alcohol and higher in acidity than 2015.
The grapes are closely monitored and picked by hand in several stages to capture the right ripeness level for the Spätlese (‘later harvested’) style. This results in riper grapes than the Kabinett, with increased concentration across aroma, flavour and sugar levels. The cellar is situated minutes from the vineyards to ensure quick pressing in a pneumatic press after harvest to retain the grapes’ aromatics, freshness and complexity. The must is then fermented with natural yeasts in a Fuder, a classic Mosel 1,000-liter oak cask, made from wood from the estate’s own forest by local coopers. The fermentation is then stopped by chilling to produce a wine with a natural residual sweetness level of 71.9 g/l.
On the nose, there are notes of ripe apricot and peach overlaying a crisp citrus aromatic. The wine has a lively minerality and a relatively rounder body with a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness.
|Grape varieties||100% Riesling|
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