Riesling Alte Reben

The estate-grown Alte Reben (old vines) Riesling is selected from vines that are 30 to 70 years old. It is a classic Grünhaus Riesling: fruity and racy, with precisely focused blue slate minerality, but with the added intensity and complexity that come from old vines.

Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in a combination of old Fuder casks and stainless steel tanks.

Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Vineyard Source: Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg and Herrenberg
Soil Type: Red and Blue Devonian slate
Age of Vines: 30–70 years
Vineyard Management: Practicing organic, but not certified
Average Yield: 40 hl/ha
Harvest Method: Selective hand picking
Harvest Date: October, 2016
Must Weight: 78 Oechsle (18.9 Brix)
Alcohol: 11.5%
Total Acidity: 8.8 grams/liter
Residual Sweetness: 12.9 grams/liter
Total Production: 860 cases


Reviews of the 2016 vintage:

[91] Vinous.com
Under VDP rules, this is officially the estate’s Ortswein (village-level bottling), but in keeping with its name, genuinely old vines are favored, which results in a dominance of Abtsberg over Herrenberg. Like the bottling now known as “Monopol,” this is finished at the low end of legal Halbtrockenheit and thus tastes essentially dry. Apple and white peach are laced with fresh lime on the nose and on the firm, juicy palate. Impressions of peach fuzz and lime peel lend invigoration without drying the palate, and the similarly stimulating piquancy of apple seeds and peach kernel remains on the right side of bitterness. The finish is downright vibratory and plenty refreshing, introducing an appropriate wealth of stony, smoky and crystalline impingements.
March 2018

[92] Wine Advocate
The 2016 Maximin Grünhaus Riesling Alte Reben is the successor of the Abtsberg Alte Reben, although it is not entirely sourced in the Abtsberg anymore but also the Herrenberg. The wine opens with clear, precise, aromatic, beautifully concentrated and finely mineral-scented Riesling fruit with some tropical fruit aromas such as pineapples. On the palate, this is a medium-bodied, very mineral but also juicy-piquant and crystalline Riesling with the grip and tension of the former Abtsberg. It is an impressive Grünhäuser Riesling with good length and complexity but just 11.5% alcohol. Stimulatingly salty. Impressive! AP 2.
April 2018 – Issue 236

[90] Mosel Fine Wines
This 2016er Maximin Grünhäuser Alte Reben AP02 was made mainly from fruit in the Abtsberg fermented down to 13 g/l of residual sugar. The wine develops a great nose of fresh gooseberry, pear, mint, herbs and spices. The wine is beautifully racy and elegant on the palate and leaves a delicately creamy feel in the finish. This is beautifully well made in a persistent yet elegant feel in the finish.
June 2017