St. Urbans-Hof 2019 Bockstein Riesling Kabinett
Vineyard: The "Bockstein: is a very steep, south to south-west facing vineyard site in a side valley of the Saar River next to the village of Ockfen. As a result, there is no other steep slope that could throw shadows on its vineyards at any time of the day. The soil consists of coarse grey Devonian slate which heats up easily, even at moderate temperatures. While cool winds blow into the Saar valley, grapes in the Bockstein vineyards dry off naturally and get a thicker skin, which had some advantages for the grapes' health and preservation of flavours. A large forest on top of the Bockstein leads to an excellent water supply wherefore vines generally do not suffer from drought. Having a sigmoid appearance, most of our 10 hectare vineyard property is located in the convex part of the Bockstein, which used to be the "original Bockstein" until the German reform on 1971. These so-called "fillet pieces" with traditional names like "Zickelgarten" of "Neuwies" were the source of some of the most expensive Saar wines in the famous area of the early 20th century, during which Mosel and especially Saar wines were by far more expensive then some of the most famous Bordeaux wines. Wines grow in the Ockfener Bockstein are known for their smoky and mineral character with subtle spiciness. There are said to be the most distinctive and smooth Rieslings from their estate.
Wine: The wine style "Kabinett" refers to a true speciality of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region whose production demands a careful and conscious working ethic in the vineyards. Since Kabinett wines are famous for their lightness and elegance, it is important not to do strong yield regulations in order to avoid too. much concentration of sugar and density. This means that grapes are harvested by hand at the exact moment of the so-called "physiological ripeness", a stadium in which grapes are completely ripe without showing signs f overripeness and yet have a present and complex acidity structure. The alcohol of Nik Weis' Kabinett wines varies between 8 and 9 % vol. and thus can be considered moderate. The ageing in both stainless steel tanks and traditional :Moselfunder" barrels (1000l oak barrels) highlights the fresh character as well as the spiciness and aromatic complexity.
Bockstein Kabinett appears like a balleina due to its elegant body, great for and aromatic balance. Smoky and floral hints of elder power, lilac and chamomile connect with citrus fruits and flavours of wild herbs and woodruff.
This wines goes perfectly with light, fresh and well spices cuisine, especially with carpaccio, ceviche, sea food, Indian curries, melon wrapped in Parma ham or salads with berries and herbs.
Alcohol: 9% vol