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, Johannes 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. All vineyards face 100% south. The steep sloped vineyards have very good drainage and are perfectly adapted for complexly structured, mineral driven wines. The more vigorous vineyards are those with high loess and loam. These vineyards bring forth the juicy, fruit backed Riesling, like Rheingau Riesling, Kirchenpfad Kabinett and Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese.
Leitz Rudesheimer Drachenstein Riesling - Dragonstone 2012
The Dragonstone is Leitz's entry level wine. Though from the Drachenstein (Dragonstone) vineyard and picked at 90 Oechsle (Spätlese quality) it is declassified to a QbA. However, this has resulted in what is possibly
their best value wine on the 'shelves'. It has soft sweet notes enveloping bracing and mouth-watering acidity. An absolute joy and the perfect choice for a lunchtime glass of wine when you still want a clear head in the afternoon.
An explosive nose full of tart pineapple, green apple and lemony aromas; there are touches white flowers too. The palate is like biting into a Granny Smith apple and licking a piece of pumice! Touches of pear, grapefruit and honey appear too on a monumentally long finish for its price.
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