Localization: Rheinhessen, Germany
Tasting Notes: Delicate notes of violet blossoms and smoke perfume this intensely ripe, fruity spätlese. Medium sweet yet invigorating on the palate, it's packed full of gobsmacking yellow-peach and tangerine flavors along with a bristling edge of steel. Delicious young but it should hold through 2025.
The Domain: This is an exciting new estate, which has been established with the vineyards and assistance of Friedrich Baumann, who has now retired. Dr Karl Heyden founded the estate in 1999 with his wife, Anita, and their two sons, Frank and Harry. Frank has completed his studies at the famous Geisenheim viticultural institute and has already convinced the German critics. This young talented generation is already crafting great wines from these highly-rated vineyards. Sadly, Dr Karl Heyden died in 2005.
Traditional and meticulously detailed cultivation of the vines with strict pruning, careful soil & foliage management, low yields and selective hand-picking, are coupled with modern technology in the cellars, fermentation taking place in stainless steel under controlled temperature conditions.