"Spreitzer’s Rosengarten does not hide its fragrance under a (rose) bushel, as aromas of ripe green as well as exotic fruit are backed up by a rich note of lanolin. Fortunately, expectations of a fruit cocktail on the palate do not materialise, as fruit has to share the limelight with subtle minerality and a fine, bitter citrus-peel edge. Juicy acidity, a full body and rich texture underline the generous character of the wine. 18+/20 points. (MS)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Spreitzer estate, founded in 1641 and one of the oldest in the Rheingau, benefits from a long tradition in winemaking as well as the recent modern winemaking innovations of sons Andreas and Bernd Spreitzer who have controlled the estate since 1997. Bernd and Andreas were the Gault Millau’s Discovery of the Year Award recipients in 2001. All of the classified Erste Gewächs parcels that Spreitzer owns lie within the original boundaries of the named vineyard; the 1971 consolidation grouped vineyards smaller than 5 hectares together. The Lenchen vineyard in Oestrich is composed mostly of loam and loess soils. Numerous underground streams here ensure that even in dry seasons the vines are guaranteed a natural source of water. Within the Lenchen rests the two smaller parcels, Rosengarten and Eisenberg. Rosengarten, the ‘filet piece’ of the Lenchen, is a tiny parcel on lower elevation between the Rhein River and the Spreitzer’s home, and typically expresses characteristics of full fruit. Enclosed by a wall and formerly a monopole, this vineyard in Oestrich is close to the Rhine, right in front of the Spreitzer estate. The wine tantalizes with aromas of ripe peaches; elegant, succulent and fruity on the palate. Excellent ageing potential!