2011 Josef Leitz Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spätlese

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The Magdalenenkreuz Vineyard is located on the hillsides banks of the town of Rüdesheim. The vineyard starts at an elevation of 100 meters and rises to 165 meters in a relatively short distance. It lies directly below the Rüdesheimer Kirchenpfad and Klosterberg. The vineyard has many different soil types, but it can primarily be described as having the sandy loam which give Rheingau Rieslings their power and majesty. From importer Terry Theise: "Call it 'Maggie' as we all do. This is the most tensile, limey version since the '04; sleek, spicy and with cut; it takes the apple aroma a little time to come on, and when it does it’s holding hands with tart key-lime; this Maggie is an angular high-cheekboned lass, even with her velvet voice."

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2013 | Send Email
There's a reason that Josef Leitz is one of our favorite Riesling producers at K&L: the wines Johannes makes are consistently among the best we try vintage after vintage. I also love the Leitz wines because I feel like I get a lot for my money, and this single vineyard bottling is a perfect example. It's expressive of the site, super minerally, with a citrusy palate and a just a touch of petrol. Oh, and it's got a long finish. Really, really long.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.


Alcohol Content (%): 9.5