Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese 2016

Weingut Dr. Fischer

This wine is made exclusively from the famed Bockstein vineyard which is a VDP. Grosse Lage®. VDP. Grosse Lage® is the designation for the very best German vineyards (equivalent of the Burgundian “Grand Cru”). The sites are precisely demarcated vineyard parcels. It is here that the best wines ripen, wines that express a unique vineyard origin and possess exceptional ageing potential.

Terroir: The Bockstein vineyard is located in a side valley of Saar and forms a natural south to southwest facing amphitheatre above the village of Ockfen. Dr. Fischer owns 2.5 hectares. The terroir in this vineyard is ideal: Steep slope, 40 years old vines, roots going 15 feet deep, south-southwest exposure. The soil is comprised predominantly of hard, weathered, gravelly grey slate.

Vinification: Spätlese is the second level in the hierarchy of grape sugar level predicates. Overripe, partially botrytized grapes are selected by hand in the vineyard. The must sugar must have a minimum of 85° Oechsle (20 ° Brix). The wine is aged for about 6 months on the lees in stainless steel vats.

Additional Information

Wines that grow in the Ockfener Bockstein exhibit a floral fragrance reminiscent of elderflower, lilac, and violets and possess nearly salty minerality that is paired with the smokiness of slate.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
  • Winemaker: Nik Weis
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
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  • Alcohol: 8.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 9.1 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 57g/l
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  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • UPC Code: Inquire
  • Varietals: 100% Riesling

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Image Vinous Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Scents of bruised apple and Rainier cherry anticipate the cherry and apple fruitiness on a surprisingly creamy palate. This finishes with soothing albeit surprisingly simple persistence. Less site-typical and - for now, at least - much less clear, charming or complex than the corresponding Kabinett, this product of two-days-earlier harvest does share with that Kabinett an uncanny talent for keeping high residual sugar in check. Hopefully, I was simply assessing it at an awkward moment and there is more here than met my nose and palate.

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Anna Lee
    Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Plumes of saffron, spice and crushed earth accent ripe yellow-cherry and honeysuckle notes in this deeply honeyed sptlese. Equal parts sun-kissed fruit and earth offset by dazzling lemon-lime acidity, it's a deftly balanced wine that offers a pleasantly astringent finish.

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