Burg Ravensburg 2017 Riesling Kapellenberg Grosses Gewaechs
We had been coveting the Riesling from this tiny filet vineyard since we first encountered it, but had to wait for the luscious 2015 to get any. Kapellenberg enjoys a combination of limestone-sandstone and volcanic soil unique among the holdings of the estate. It gives rise to a ravishingly aromatic wine, more on the “green” than the “yellow” side of Riesling. It shows admirable precision and finesse in 2017.
Baden - Kraichgau
Remontage in the beginning, punchdown later on.
Spontaneous fermentation in 500 previously-filled barrels
Aging Duration (months)
9 months lees contact
Eichelberg Kapellenberg (chapel on top)
Limestone, Volcanic Rock
Notes from the Producer: The Kapellenberg is our only Grosse Lage not situated directly on the castle hill. It is located approx. 15 km (9 miles) north of the Husarenkappe Grosse Lage. We now hold a 2 ha (h acre) block at the top, with the 2014 vintage Burg Ravensburg’s first to be grown here. The inclines range up to 70%, making the vineyard as steep as it is unique. The south-facing vineyard is also our highest, at 304 meters above sea level. This combination of height, steepness and exposition lends an unmistakable tension to the wine. The Kapellenberg’s terroir is also notable: the “Berg” (ridge) was formed by volcanic activity that pushed up the limestone and mixed it with volcanic rock into a light but highly complex soil. The name refers to a chapel on top, built in 1748 in honor of St. Michael. The first documented mention of the vineyard came in 1225 in relation to the Wigoldesberg Monastery.
Riesling grapes are subjected to whole cluster pressing with no skin contact. The grapes are pressed very gently for 3 hours, followed by natural sedimentation and then spontaneous fermentation in 500 I previously filled barrels and no temperature control. The wine is fermented until 1 June, racked on the yeast throughout August and bottled in September.