Heitlinger 2019 Riesling Schellenbrunnen
Schellenbrunnen is a remarkable vineyard. Its steep (60 degrees) southern exposure makes it hot, yet the wines are anything but – this weighs in at 12.5%. And the heavy, iron-rich soils give rise to Rieslings of flamboyant, lime-blossom perfume. The palate, meanwhile, is a thing of singular beauty – lavishly fruited yet stony. Superb.
Baden - Kraichgau
Remontage in the beginning, punchdown later on
Aging Duration (months)
Stubensandstein, colored marl
Notes from the Producer: The Schellenbrunnen vineyard is eight hectares (nearly 20 acres) in size and lies directly above the wine village of Tiefenbach. It is the Heitlinger estate’s solely owned Riesling site. It is a steep, south-facing vineyard with a slope of 60% (or more) and planted with mature vines (on average, 40 years old). The soils are very barren and consist of ferrous colored marl; in the uppermost portion of the site there is also some Stubensandstein, an ancient sandstone. Of particular note is the site’s special topographic situation within a chain of hills open to the wind at a height of up to 260 m/ca. 850 ft.
The grapes are gently havested by hand, carefully sorted; and after several days of skin contact, slowly pressed. Schellenbrunnen wines are marked by a combination of delicate, ripe yellow fruit with an underlying mineral structure and a lively acidity. On the nose it is reminiscent of peach, apricot, lime, and mint. Drinking temperature: 8-10°C/46.4-50°F