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Mineral Riesling Trocken 2011

Nahe, Germany

100% riesling

Tasted June 2013- It would be hard to define this wine with only one take yet the take away would be delicious at any point. The range of sensations, both in aromas and flavors was outrageous and how they unfurled we only understood as time passed. We therefore decided to come back to it several times to hone the best response to it. How happy we were as it opened up. The nose, at first shy, gifted our patience with apricot, lime leaf and grapefruit along with fresh floral tones. This seemed to echo on the first palate, turning however to a ripened core of pears, bruised apple, white flowers and a dash of pepper. Something akin to sweet peas kept poking through, registering a green tone with tiny hints of bitterness, almost as if the peach we were drinking still had a bit of skin. This bite and pucker (not tannin mind you) began to reveal how the acidity ruled the expression of this wine. The center would occasional try to prove how lush and round it was but would be pulled back with some high tension. The fruit would suggest exotic ripeness and then slap back into citrus. Our teeth were scraped clean and our juices were flowing. Best said, it was very direct and vivacious, active and alert. If it tried to wiggle loose in any way, it was pinched back to attention almost immediately. This suggested perhaps the grapes were picked very ripe for a full flavor (and thus an alcohol weight that was obvious) yet the wine maker decided to ferment to full dryness to maintain a clear sense of minerality and precision in the finish. We think they were wildly successful. This was truly a captivating glass of riesling. Obviously, this was the aim from the beginning, as the winery states quite clearly: "We are committed to three basic fundamentals: 1. Schönleber wines offer true drinking pleasure. 2. Schönleber wines are honest, authentic, unembellished expressions of their origin. 3. Schönleber single-vineyard wines always have distinctive personalities. We don't just want to produce "good" wine.


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The Label

Producer: Emrich-Schonleber
Wine (proprietary name): Mineral Riesling Trocken
Vintage: 2011
Labeled as: proprietary title
Country of origin: Germany
Region: Nahe
Area/Appellation: Nahe
Classification of Appellation: trocken (if applicable)
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 13.00

The Winemaking

Winemaker: Frank Schonleber
Assistant Winemaker: Werner Schonleber (Vineyard Manager)
First Date of Production: roughly 1965 (estate
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking, sorted at table
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest:
Method of Crush/Pressing: mechanical press Press Type: Pneumatic
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: N
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: N
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Stainless Steal/Inox
Size of Vessel: various small tank
Vessel Seal: Sealed Vessel
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Naturally Occured
Type of Yeasts: Native Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 10 Day(s)
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: N
Malolactic Fermentation: N
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: SO2
Type of Ageing Vessel: Stainless Steal/Inox
Origin of Barrels (if used):
Size of Barrels Used: 0
Length of Maturation: 0 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: N
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): N
Moved to Multiple Vessels?:
Date of Bottling: 2012-04-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 6 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 13.00
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted: 17 Hectare
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: S
Soil Type(s): Quartz and red slate, (allowing for heat collection from he sun).
Elevation of Vineyards: 160-250 m
Vineyards Description:
Average Age of Vines: 15 year(s)
Farming Methods: Organic
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: Our vines grow on stony soils that are typical of the slate-rich Wadern geological formation ("Waderner Schichten"). Here the grapes are normally much smaller than would otherwise be the case, and consequently all the more aromatic. Strong thermal winds blow through our best plots - warm air currents that rise from the valley on sunny days and further increase the temperature in the vineyard. Falcons and buzzards like to ride these thermals and can often be seen circling effortlessly in the sky above. In turn, the nearby Soonwald forest provides a natural source of cooling air during the night. As our best vineyard blocks are not directly exposed to these cold drafts of nocturnal air, they are able to cool down more slowly. This is ideal for optimum aroma development in our grapes