Schätzel – Heiligenbaum Riesling 2012
The Schätzel family has been producing wine since 1350, making them the oldest winemaking family in the Rheinhessen. The red slate of the vineyards around Nierstein, where the estate is based, spans six hectares, of which the majority is Riesling. In 2008, when Kai Schätzel took over his family’s estate, he transformed it to organic and biodynamic farming and reintroduced traditional winemaking methods. He has developed a reputation for his unique style which involves less alcohol, less exuberant fruit, more minerality and a more cutting and distinctive flavour profile. Both his dry and sweet wines have gained distinction as of late. In 2016, he was included into the prestigious VDP, his single vineyards were certified Grosses Gewächs, and his 2013 ReinSchiefer Riesling was awarded top honours by the Drinks Business Magazine.