St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese 2001

Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany

Item No. 56212
  • white wine
  • WS92
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Winemaker's Notes

Outstanding German Riesling from the highly touted 2001 vintage! Ockfen is an old wine-growing village located in a side valley of the Saar River, which is itself, a tributary of the Mosel. It is renowned for its outstanding vineyard site, 'Ockfener Bockstein', which is a steep valley slope with unobstructed southern exposure. The soil consists of hard slate stones, which, in fact leave a greyish blue powder on one's fingers.

This is indicative of the solubility of the soil, which allows the vine roots to take up mineral nutrients quickly and easily during the growing season. As a result, the wines of Ockfener Bockstein are especially lively and minerally in character. At the top of the slope lies a forest, which retains much needed moisture. During dry periods, water from the forest floor is released into the sub-soils of the vineyards below, mitigating vine-stress during drought periods.

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(moe-ZELL saahr -RUE-wehr) The Mosel river winds its way through this wine region, passing by some of the steepest, most northerly vineyards of the world. The wines from the Mosel have a most distinctive soil based on slate. The slate-rich soils covering the region are what imparts the amazing, well-loved slate-y, mineraly flavors and aromas to the delicate Mosel wines. To keep...

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Riesling (REEZ-leeng) The Riesling grape is happiest in a cooler climate, one that fosters its slow and steady ripening. Often assumed to be the producer of only sweet wines, Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. Most popular in...

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