The cool, cool climate wines of Emrich-Schönleber

When in 1814 Goethe, the famous German poet, comes to the feast of St. Rochus in Bingen, he marvels at the light-footedness and drinkability of the Rieslings of Monzingen. Today father Werner and son Frank Schönleber continue this style of winemaking enthusiastically.  
The Schönleber family makes their Riesling Grosses Gewächs from grapes from the top vineyards Frühlingsplätzchen, Halenberg and Auf der Ley. With steep south-south-western slopes - up to 70% - the first two vineyards are grateful recipients of an average of 1,900 hours of sunshine per year, which contributes to perfectly ripe and healthy grapes.
The soil consists mainly of red slate and gravel, often interspersed with the red coloured loam called "Rotliegend". Wine from this plot has a playful and mineral character. Its aroma includes fresh white fruit (such as peach and apple) as well as a delicate spiciness. The mineral character is enhanced when bottled.
The smallest vineyard in Monzingen is fully planted with Riesling, with most of the vines belonging to Emrich-Schönleber. Halenberg has a soil with blue slate and quartzite, which means that in summer the vines have to fight for every drop of water. As a result, although the grapes in this vineyard remain smaller than average, they develop an excellent aroma. Halenberg is known for its particularly fine minerality and the taste of exotic fruit including ripe grapefruit. After a little ripening, the wine gets its characteristic spiciness.
Auf der Ley
This plot, with a size of only 0.7 hectares, is situated above Halenberg. Gravel and slate dominate the soil. The average slope is 50%, which means that the sun's rays have less effect on the grapes than on the steeper slopes.
Auf der Ley gives the most intense wine of Emrich-Schönleber with the strongest personality and a cooler character than Halenberg and the Frühlingsplätzchen. It combines the finesse and elegance of Frühlingsplätzchen with the mineral intensity of Halenberg and furthermore Auf der Ley is so refined, concentrated and with an enormous long aftertaste, that the wine competes with the best Rieslings in the world!
Auf der Ley can normally only be purchased via the VDP Weinversteigerung Bad Kreuznach. A festive find at this auction for lovers of Riesling.

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