Very fragrant, smoked tea, spice and damson. Palate has great balance ripe fruited, cherry and damson, spice and smoke notes, good intensity and length. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 L&S (Aug 2018)
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Medium to pale cherry hue, watery purple plum on rim. Quite generous on the nose with red berry fruit, a hint of cedar spice adds an element of sophistication. It’s certainly a step up from the Günterslay, with a little more concentration of fruit, redcurrants and plums leading the charge, and ably supported by a tad of cedar spice and a hint of roasted nuts. An assertive acidity lends structure but also a bit of aggression at this early stage. Youthful tannins indicate that there is some ageing potential here. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Michael Schmidt, JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2018)
Located in the heart of the romantic Mosel, the Lehnert-Veit family has a long tradition of quality wine-growing, dating back to 1653 when Eucharius Lehnert was at the helm. These traditions have been passed on through the generations, all the way to the current 10th generation, led by Peter Lehnert (who happened to go to university with Stefan Braunewell). Their hometown of Piesport is on the bank of the Mosel and their 11 hectares of vines are around the town on both sides of the river, with some of the best sites: ‘premier crus’ Falkenberg and Günterslay as well as the jewel in the crown, the ‘grand cru’ vineyard Goldtröpfchen.
Their estate wines are the starting point for the classification of their vineyards. They are situated in carefully selected locations on exceptional soils made of quartzite, sand and slate. The soil of the Falkenberg and Günterslay ‘Erste Lagen’ have a higher proportion of rough stone, giving the pinot noirs their elegance and lightness. Finally the ‘Grosse Lage’ Goldtröpfchen is home to Lehnert-Veit’s top Rieslings. This renowned terroir has a higher proportion of fine slate at a much greater depth, giving the wine its intense minerality and roundness. Ripe, yellow summer fruits like peach, apricot and mirabelle and, depending on the year, different citrus fruits as well.
Peter says ‘Our winemaking philosophy begins in the vineyard. Integrated winegrowing, organic fertilization, low cutting, thinning of the grapes in the summer, selective harvesting, gentle aging and a fermentation with natural yeast are key. Always with an emphasis on wines of the highest quality.’
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