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Johannes Leitz

German winemaker of the year 2011: Johannes Leitz

 

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Johannes Leitz

Curriculum Vitae

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There are recorded documents linking the Leitz family winemaking history all the way back to 1744.

Johannes Leitz was born much later, in 1964 in Rüdesheim. This Grandfather, Josef Leitz re-built the winery after a bombing raid on the area late during the Second World War. His father, Antonius Leitz had briefly taken ownership of the winery before his premature death in 1966. This left his wife, with her flower shop, a household and of course the family winery to run. So, it wasn’t until 1985 when Johannes took over the winery that it once again became a primary focal point of attention.

After taking hold of the family business, he has managed to raise the estate from 2.9 hectares to the 40 hectares that we see today. Over the years, Johannes has gained national and international recognition for his outstanding wines. Internationally, his major markets include Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA.

The growth of the winery has had a positive influence over all the ranges of the wines produced. Specifically the Rüdesheim vineyards of Berg Schlossberg, Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels have continued their tradition of being amongst the top dry wines from Germany. All of Johannes’ wines carry his individual signature and show off the varied greatness of the Rüdesheim terroir from which they are born.

With all the growth Johannes has achieved he subsequently produced the new label of Dragonstone and EINS-ZWEI-DRY. These two successfull labels have recently been recognized and won the “IF Communication Design Award 2009”.

These other international successes have been a boon: however, Johannes has stayed true to his roots and homeland. He has been working closely with the Ministry of Environment to restore the traditional terraces above Rüdesheim in the Berg Rottland and Berg Kaisersteinfels vineyards.

 

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History

Leitz Wein Geschichte

Erinnerungen an die Weinlese 1904. Die zweite von rechts im Bild ist Johannes Leitz Großmutter.

Leitz Wein Geschichte

Toni Leitz – Der Vater von Johannes Leitz – auf seinem Pferd Robert.

Leitz Wein geschichte

1981—1983 Winemaking appprenticeship

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1983—1986 Master degree in viticulture

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1985 First vintage under Johannes

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1991 Discovery through Stuart Pigott - and the resulting business trip to England

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1996 Stepped into VDP and re-build winery

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1999 Official ownership changed to Johannes Leitz

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2000 First major business trip into the United States of America

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2002 Creation of the label “Dragonstone”

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2007 Creation of the label “EINS-ZWEI-DRY”

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2010 Construction of the new and modern cellar

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2013 Completion of the cellar extension

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Soils

GREY SLATE

GREY SLATE

BERG ROTTLAND

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Slates are debris soils where the landscape is dominated by a grey color of the weathered grey-blue Hunsrueck slates. Dark-brown humus rich topsoil is often covered by slate debris and rubble which protects the soil from desiccation. The spaces between the loose materials are therefore well aerated. It is possible to feel loess as well as clay and mineral-rich fine earth derived from weathered slate. The vines are well supplied with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, sodium and iron from the clay fraction. Slate weathers rapidly thus ensuring a continuous supply of nutrients and mirco-nutrients.

QUARTZ AND QUARTZITE

QUARTZ AND QUARTZITE

BERG ROSENECK

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Summits of the Taunus mountain range consists of a hard rock called quartzite. The sandy sediments washed out of long gone mountain ranges were deposited near a coast during the Lover Denovian (about 400 million years ago). These deposits were soon compacted to form sandstone, which was subjected to high pressures when it became buried beneath thick layers of rocks. This resulted in a modification of the crystalline structure of the sandstone turning it into a hard quartzite and finally to Taunus mountains. The Taunus quartzite contains more than 90% quartz (SiO2) and very little impurities. Therefore, the rock has a very low carbonate and iron oxide content. The mineral nutrient content is low. The weathering processes of quartzite and slate results in solid white quartzite blocks. They are particularly wheather resistant and therefore accumulate the soil.

RED SLATE WITH QUARTZITE

RED SLATE WITH QUARTZITE

BERG KAISERSTEINFELS & BERG SCHLOSSBERG

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Here , the soil contains a combination of red clay slate with mixed-in quartzite. The red slates are soft water sediments. Red coloring is a result of the iron content of these slates that have been oxidized to iron oxide under an arid climate, leaving a very rocky, hard soil. It has less minerals than the rich soils of grey slate but still much more than the quartzite soils. The remaining thin layer of soil is very stony and can only store a limited amount of water. In addition to this, the dense, clay subsoil is very difficult for roots to penetrate, creating demanding conditions for grapevines. The soil is quick to warm because of the low water content and high solar radiation levels along the slope. As a result, the vine experiences water stress early in the year and must somehow cope with the available water. The plants react by reducing the number and size of the grapes. Therefore, these sites produce low yields of very aromatic grapes.

LOESS LOAM AND QUARTZITE

LOESS LOAM AND QUARTZITE

Bischofsberg, Klosterlay, Magdalenenkreuz

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Ice age dust is found in most of yineyard soils. Storm winds moved these fine dust particles from ancient gravel beds deposited by wide rivers. The dust dropped out of the wine in shielded locations accumulating to thick loess beds. The fragile substrate makes it easy for roots to penetrate deep into the soil and reach water and nutrients. The most important property of the loess is its high available soil water capacity. The silty soil is easy to manage but is also readily washed away. The sandy loess is partially mixed with gravel sediments of the former terrace banks of the Rhine, with quartzite or slate or coarse coastal sediments from the Tertiary.

Leitz in Transit

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Terraces and Vineyards

Leitz Wein Lagen
Magdalenenkreuz

The vineyard site is named after the shrine showing Maria Magdalena and is located at the eastern side of Rüdesheim. The sandy loess soil produces dominant, sustainable and fruity wines.

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Rüdesheimer Kirchenpfad

The area is named after the path leading to the church in Eibingen. The vineyards are at the east of the church, facing the south. The sandy loess-loam soil give the wine a long lasting acidity.

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Klosterlay

This vineyard is located near the Abbey St. Hildegard, which was founded in 1100. The loess-loam soil produces wines with a fruity and spicy acidity and of great elegance.

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Rosengarten

This vineyard is named after a beautiful garden at the Brömserburg. The limy loess soil produces wines which are in perfect balance between fruit and minerality.

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Bischofsberg

The area is named after the archbishops of Mainz and located directly above the historic centre of Rüdesheim. The loess-loam soil has a high available water capacity, producing wines with a distinctive acidity.

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Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland

The name relates to the German words “reuten, rotten” which means cultivation for viticulture. The site is located near the historic centre of Rüdesheim. Due to the nearby Rhine river and the profound loess-loam soil, the wines grow to great maturity, combined with a fruity acidity.

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Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck

The name Roseneck is related to the “rose hedges” which are growing on the rocks above Rüdesheim. The vineyard then adjoins to the Berg Rottland vineyards. The slate-quartzite soil gives a strong mineral structure to the wine

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Dragonstone

The name goes back to the rock with this mythological name and also possibly to the form of a dragon. The soil consists of loess-loam sand stone and quartzite and in some parts also of chalk. The wines are amazingly elegant with a delicately spicy note.

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Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels

The name refers to the soil, which is affected by stone and rocks. The relation to “Kaiser” goes back to the Emperor Charlemagne, who cultivated the variety Orleans there. The basic rock for the soil is quatzite with parts of slate. The wines contain an impressive minerality, combined with a delicate fruit aroma and little acidity.

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Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg

The name derives from the Ehrenfels castle, which was built by the archbishops of Mainz in 1211 as a protection and customs castle. The “bone-containing” quartzite and slate soils lend the wines a rich and suble, harmonious Riesling acidity.

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Rüdesheim and the terraces of Leitz

All vineyards face 100% south. The steep sloped vineyards have very good drainage and are perfectly adapted for complexly structured, mineral driven wines. The more vigorous vineyards are those with high loess and loam. These vineyards bring forth the juicy, fruit backed Riesling, like Rheingau Riesling, Kirchenpfad Kabinett and Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese.

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ROSENGARTEN

Im westlichen Bereich der Stadt Rüdesheim liegt die älteste Burganlage des Mittelrheintals – die Brömserburg. Diese Anlage wurde um 1044 n.Chr. erbaut und zählt zu den ersten Siedlungszeugnissen in der Stadtgeschichte. Die Gesamtanlage ROSENGARTEN teilt sich in drei wesentliche, durch alte Quarzitmauern voneinander getrennte Weinberge auf und ist eine Zusammenlagerung von 3 eigenständigen Clos mit besonderem Terroir. In der Lage ROSENGARTEN unterscheiden wir zwischen dem im östlichen Hauptteil gelegenen Rosengarten, dem nördlich der Brömserburg gelegenen Kreuzgarten und dem im Westen angrenzenden Bienengarten. Die hier vorherrschenden Böden sind im Wesentlichen aus Schwemmland, tiefgründigen und kalkhaltigen Lössen, sowie einem leichten Quarziteintrag geprägt und besitzen eine gute Wasserführung. Die Weine der Lage Rosengarten bestechen mit einer feinen Frucht und einem nachhaltigen Volumen.

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The Wines

EINS-ZWEI-DRY
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EINS-ZWEI-DRY

Rheingau Riesling dry

On the nose the EINS-ZWEI-DRY shows very pleasant fruit and rich yeasty notes. Nuances of peach and apricot; ripe apples and a hint of carambola. The delicate and lively acidity is supported by ripe mirabelle and is an outstanding example of the terroir. With a crisp finish, that leaves your taste buds wanting more, this wine is just asking to be drunk over and over again. The EINS-ZWEI-DRY has a really good extract, what makes this wine suitable for storage – that´s pretty remarkable for an entry-level. We think it´s a nice aperitif with oysters, it´s pretty delicious with Sashimi and even matches deliciously with smoked fish.

RÜDESHEIM
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RÜDESHEIM

Riesling dry

This wine is a blend of discernible, clear Riesling fruit with a mature peach aroma and hints of pear, hay and marigold. Grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and iodine, not to mention discreet traces of slate round out the fragrance. Smooth on the palate, this wine boasts a poised fruit acidity with an inherent creamy effect. Extremely fine, salty components add a distinctive third dimension to the taste experience. The Rüdesheimer Riesling is an ideal accompaniment to meals that majestically comes into its own just as much with a dish such as vitello tonnato, Wiener schnitzel and roast chicken as with roast beef and fried potatoes.

Rüdesheimer Drachenstein
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Rüdesheimer Drachenstein

Riesling dry

In the nose you will find elegant ripe hints of white peach and blossoms with a very clean impression of lychee. It is very balanced and includes a crisp and refined mineral style. Due to it´s origin from the slightly increasing slopes of the Drachenstein, with their unique terroir, this Riesling has beside it´s pleasant and reluctant yeasty character, a delightful flavour. This Riesling from our Drachenstein vineyard shows pretty impressive hints of quartz minerality and has a strong but likewise smooth harmonic acidic backbone. As a food recommendation for this wine, we suggest mixed sushi, hotate no sashimi, grilled clams, or pot roast with cranberries.

MAGIC MOUNTAIN
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MAGIC MOUNTAIN

Rüdesheim Riesling dry

Magic Mountain is cheerful and light, dense and intensive at one and the same time. Its fragrance represents the interplay of a mature lemon aroma and orange peel with green pepper, strong yeasty notes and a hint of a mineral, salty sea breeze. The clearly discernible Riesling fruit is soft and silky on the palate, the fruit acidity has a sense of calm and melds elegantly with the wine’s filigree, enchantingly aromatic extract. It goes well with chicken fricassee with asparagus and capers, roast corn-fed chicken with chanterelle mushrooms, veal medallions with cream of morel, and grilled sea bream with salsa verde or lemon butter.

BERG KAISERSTEINFELS GG
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BERG KAISERSTEINFELS GG

Rüdesheim Riesling dry “Terrassen”

In the nose you will find a very fresh and cool, but also very delicate minerality of our mountain terraces which is accompanied by an animating scent of yellow fruit. There are subtle hints of mirabelle and finely wrought nuances of oak create an apollonian scaffolding. It is our highest located vineyard area and so to speak a real cool climate site. The BERG KAISERSTEINFELS coats your mouth with an impressive mineral impact, squired with ripe apples, mirabelle and white peach. You will also detect easily the haze of wild herbs, which is so typical for the adjacent Berg Roseneck. Despite it´s youth it is very simple to divine an exceptional development and we´re absolutely convinced that the elegant embedded acidity will give us a vast number of moments of happiness.

BERG ROSENECK GG
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BERG ROSENECK GG

Rüdesheim Riesling dry “Katerloch”

The BERG ROSENECK appears in the nose with a fabulous fruit explosion, an absolute animating yeast-texture and a subtle breeze of old german oak. This combination creates a very elegant scaffolding and amazes us with the first gasp. The vintage 2016 brought an intense and likewise broad Grand Cru from the vineyards of BERG ROSENECK, which surprises again with it´s typical and extremely delicious herbaceous hints and which seems to stay endlessly on the tongue. It offers a straight style and it´s pretty interes-ting how the site has evolved itself during the last years and how the delicate quartz-minerality prevails against the subtle nuances of blossoms and herbs. This BERG ROSENECK Grand Cru has a gentle demanding youth and will show it´s full charisma with an ongoing ageing in about ten to fifteen years.

ROSENGARTEN GG -MONOPOLE-
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ROSENGARTEN GG -MONOPOLE-

Rüdesheim Riesling dry

The ROSENGARTEN is our latest GG and completes our steep slope portfolio in an excellent manner. In the nose you will find an opulent yeastiness, sappy hints of brioche caused through the wild fermentation and a very cool mineral sensation of quartz. These impressions are accompanied by ripe passion fruit. On the palate you will detect a very nuanced interplay of tropical fruit and a scent of oak. The ROSENGARTEN displays an extremely restrained performance of wild fermentation flavours and it´s predicting a rosy future development. The mouth is coated through the intense complexity and somewhere you´ll rediscover the wild herbs of the adjacent BERG ROTTLAND. We recommend to pair this wine with different types of Sushi Rolls, such as Shrimp Tempura and Dragon Roll or a Sichuan-style Mapo Tofu.

BERG ROTTLAND GG
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BERG ROTTLAND GG

Rüdesheim Riesling dry “Hinterhaus”

On the nose you will find very elegant nuances of thyme besides the rich flintiness which is so typical for the BERG ROTTLAND site. It contains a very dainty smokiness and dries out the mouth in an absolute accomplished elegance and a filigree scent of oak is hovering over all. The youthful BERG ROTTLAND Grand Cru of this vintage presents itself in an excellent form and shows up with an astonishing yearning for the next swig. It is herewith proven that a noble site like the BERG ROTTLAND has even in it´s cradle a huge potential to emerge as a shining star and the lighter style of the cooler 2016 vintage promises great wines with an exceptional ageing-potential. We recommend to pair this wine with a light coconut curry, or grilled duck breast with an apple-mango-chutney.

KIRCHENPFAD
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KIRCHENPFAD

Rüdesheimer Riesling Kabinett off~dry

The Kirchenpfad Kabinett shows very elegant flavour of ripe apples and pears beside exotic hints of exotic fruits, such as lychee, papaya, mango and passion fruit. The yeasty zest that is so typical for the 2016 portfolio is also very easy to detect and provides with the opulent fruit a sensation of smell. On the palate this sensation of smell turns into a sensation of taste, with an interaction of ripe and sweet apples, a slight exotic impression and you will discover that the vintage shows up in that wonderful combination of ripeness and well embedded acidity. Due to the slightly extended fermentation you will detect the very elegant flavours of yeast easily beside the harmonious fruit. We recommend to pair this Kabinett with a rich Sushi-combination, sesame oil, ginger and sweet wasabi sauce, or with a light sweet mango chutney and Macadamia nut crusted Mahi Mahi.

BERG SCHLOSSBERG GG
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BERG SCHLOSSBERG GG

Rüdesheim Riesling dry “Ehrenfels”

The 2016 BERG SCHLOSSBERG Grand Cru shows up with a tremendous saltiness, which seems to jump out of the glass with the first sniff. The minerality of BERG SCHLOSSBERG is vibrant and elegant in the same way. A dense and likewise consolidated zest and complexity leads to the manifestation of taste on your palate. The BERG SCHLOSSBERG performs absolutely pleasant with a delicate acidity, which is very dense woven in a framework of relish and minerality, of oak and origin - the mouth is totally coated and a moment of silence occurs until the unendingly finish awakens desire for the next sip. The yeasty zest is very intense on the palate and has herbal and slightly floral hints as antagonists. There´s a nuance of rock candy and very subtle trace of tobacco. The lively and fine acidity comes along with a pretty nice creaminess. We recommend to pair raw marinated prawns with lemon-oil and ginger-jelly or a medallion of turbot on glazed truffle with parsley puree.

BERG ROSENECK
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BERG ROSENECK

Rüdesheim Riesling Spätlese

A rich nose with elegant ripe hints of exotic fruits, such as passion fruit, mango, lychee and physalis welcomes you in the first moment. There´s a scent of herbs and lime that seems to fall in love with the wild yeast aromatic of this delicious masterpiece. On the palate you will find a very airy middle section which keeps this refreshing and modern styled Spätlese in balance with an enthralling and fascinating acidity. The mineral impact gives us the feeling of licking pebbles and this Spätlese seems to be more dry styled than it is. Due to it´s youth, the BERG ROSENECK Spätlese of this vintage is a the very beginning of it´s long journey. As a food recommendation for this wine, we suggest mixed sushi, hotate no sashimi, grilled clams with Asian vegetables, or strong cheese.

Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz
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Rüdesheimer Magdalenenkreuz

Riesling Spätlese sweet

The Magdalenenkreuz Spätlese has a savoury nose with fruity hints of ripe apples and pear; as well as an exotic trace of grapefruit, orange and quince. The perception of taste creates in conjunction with the exceptional play of fruit and acidity a very unique exaltation and withal an intense finish. Beside these expressive scents of fruit, subtle mineral hints are joining this sappy Riesling-variation. The Spätlese shows how simple a Riesling is able to compete with substantial dishes and offers a wealth of possible combinations. We enjoy this wine with Curry, peach slices, with a condimental Biryani-chicken, or on its own with dark chocolate.

Leitz Rosé
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Leitz Rosé

Rheingau Pinot Noir Rosé off~dry

This wine has appealing notes of pale berries, such as raspberry and redcurrant; as well as rosehip, wild strawberry and also a hint of white chocolate is detectable. On the palate it seems very fresh and amazingly round. It is an equivalent to the entry-level Rieslings and demonstrates a new style and a very consistent bouquet of fruit. The gentle integrated acidity supports the fruit character masterly and achieves a wonderful refreshing performance in taste through the enjoyable content of residual sugar. We enjoy this wine as an aperitif, with an easy tomato-arugula pasta or served with a fresh summer salad.

EINS-ZWEI-DRY ROSÉ
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EINS-ZWEI-DRY ROSÉ

Rheingau Pinot Noir Rosé dry

It is our first trial with a dry rosé-style - the EINS-ZWEI-DRY ROSÉ has appealing notes of pale berries, such as raspberry and redcurrant; as well as rosehip, wild strawberry and also a hint of white chocolate is detectable. On the palate it seems very fresh and amazingly round. The equivalent to the entry-level Riesling demonstrates a brand new style and a very consistent bouquet of fruit. The gentle integrated acidity supports the fruit character masterly and achieves a wonderful refreshing performance in taste through the low content of residual sugar. We enjoy this wine as an aperitif, with an easy tomato-arugula pasta or served with a fresh summer salad.

EINS-ZWEI-ZERO
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EINS-ZWEI-ZERO

Riesling alcohol~free

The Leitz EINS-ZWEI-ZERO offers an original character that is clean and fresh with notes of lime and citrus; surprisingly rhubarb and a little hint of red apples on an underlying mineral foundation. The finish is dry and relatively long. Of course, an alcohol-free wine never will give the same depth, structure and weight as a wine with alcohol, but here it is close to it and it is simply an alcohol-free wine tasting wine. Impressive. We recommend to pair EINS-ZWEI-ZERO with gratinated crostini, cauliflower and goat’s cheese & butter, as well as with an Asian chicken casserole.

Geisenheimer Rothenberg
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Geisenheimer Rothenberg

Pinot Noir dry Leitz/Becker

This Pinot Noir is produced in cooperation with the redwine-winery Friedrich Becker from Schweigen/Palatinate. The grapes were fermented at the Leitz winery and the wine is placed in wooden barrels; blended and bottled unfiltered at the Becker winery. The Pinot Noir of Johannes Leitz and Friedrich Becker has a scent of red cherries and strawberries with a touch of mint combined with a pleasant and reluctant impact of oak. You will find also black truffle, tea and noble spicery. On the palate there is fresh ripe acidity with smooth tannins. The Rothenberg fits very well with venison with cranberries, turkey with parsley root, Steak frites.

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Johannes Leitz
Theodor-Heuss-Straße 5
D-65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein
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