This month’s Wine Blogging Wednesday is hosted by Tim at Winecast and focuses on Old World Rieslings. What is Old World? Well, Tim wanted us to pick a Riesling from Germany, France’s Alsace region, and Austria. We were happy to discover a German Riesling chilling in our storage fridge.
Leitz is located in the Rheigau region of Germany. I had the chance to meet Johannes Leitz last year, and I was impressed. This is a young winemaker, with the profession running through his veins. He’s incredibly personable and loves to share his wines. Here’s what Jancis Robinson has to say about Johannes:
Young Johannes Leitz is now one of the absolute superstars, not just of the Rheingau but of German wine in toto. By taking an analytical look at the small Rüdesheim estate he inherited when very young he has steadily improved wines into some of the most thrilling by reducing yields, using ambient yeasts, imposing stringent hygiene so that the wines can be fermented at a snail’s pace on its lees.
This Riesling is a Spätlese, which refers to grapes that are selectively picked at least 7 days after the main harvest. Because such fruit is riper than the grapes from the main harvest, it contains more sugar and produces wines that are rich and sweet. The natural sugar must attain around 19-23% sugar by weight.
This wine was named for a donated Magdalene cross in a village that had been racked by the plague in the 17th century. The grapes are grown in loamy, garden-type soil. This wine has a lot of minerality and balanced acidity, thoroughly refreshing. We had the Magdelenenkreuz with some good ol’ American fried chicken, and it complemented the meal wonderfully.
I thoroughly enjoyed this wine. It’s a great patio wine – crying out for a perfect early summer evening.
Thanks to Tim for hosting for the third time around!
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