The Alte Reben feinherb comes from the two largest monopole vineyards, the Herrenberg and the Abtsberg. The Alte Reben wines are produced exclusively using grapes from plots whose vines are at least 35 years old, and a majority are even older. Here, it is presented in an off-dry style known as feinherb.
Wines from the different plots are first matured individually in small fuder casks, then blended as an Ortswein. The Abtsberg usually comprises the larger share.
The bouquet is dominated by aromas of fresh peaches, white flowers, lemon peel and some blood orange. Herbal nuances and the scent of wet slate can also be found. On the palate, the wine is grippy with fascinating juiciness. The fine sweetness of the wine is balanced by the right acidity. By sacrificing about 0.5% of alcohol, the barely noticeable extra sweetness makes this wine even more appealing.
The salty freshness in combination with an optimal sweetness / acidity makes it difficult to resist and bottles tend to be emptied rapidly…!
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling, mianly from the Abtsberg
Vineyard Source: Maximin Grünhäuser Abtsberg and Herrenberg
Soil Type: Red (Herrenberg) and blue (Abtsberg) Devonian slate
Age of Vines: 35–70 years
Vineyard Management: Practicing organic, but not certified
Average Yield: 40 hl/ha
Harvest Method: Selective hand picking
Winekmaking: Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts (old Fuder casks and stainless steel tanks)
Harvest Date: October, 2017
Total Acidity: 8.1 grams/liter
Residual Sweetness: 23.2 grams/liter
Reviews of the 2017 vintage:
 Mosel Fine Wines
The 2017er Maximin Grünhäuser Feinherb Alte Reben comes from fruit harvested mainly in the Herrenberg and was fermented down to fully off-dry levels (23 g/l of residual sugar). It offers a nice nose of peach, greengage, melon, pear and minty herbs. The wine is nicely playful and juicy on the palate and leaves a beautiful feel in the long and refined finish. 2022-2032