Immerse yourself in a masterpiece of wine cellaring: the heart of the Ölberg site in Königsbach, affectionately known as "Hart". This section was crowned with distinction as a VDP.Grosse Lage in 2013. Until recently, the auction wine came from the oldest section of this "Gewann". Now, however, the younger vines have also reached sufficient maturity to put their stamp on this exceptional Riesling GG. Its terroir is mixed with tertiary limestone marl, called terra fusca, intermingled with coloured sandstone gravel in the topsoil. After a few hours of contact with the must, a comparatively warm and spontaneous fermentation takes place, followed by an ageing phase in large-volume double barrels.
Look at the ravishing colour of this wine: pure platinum is reflected in the glass.
Explore the complex character of this 2021 Ölberg-Hart and discover that it lies between the Idig and the Vogelsang. Both wines have a distinct stony character, but the Ölberg appears darker, smokier than Idig, but fruitier than Vogelsang. Perceptible notes of verbena, mint and sedge mingle with tangy lime, lemon and juicy mirabelle plum. A hint of graphite and lime rounds off the bouquet.
On the tongue, the Ölberg-Hart opens with an iodine-like, tart attack, characterised by lots of citrus fruit, crushed rock and an herbal note. The true charm of this wine emerges in a gentle creaminess and a fine extract sweetness. What remains is an intense mix of pressure, tension and minerality.
Try this wine with a dish of salmon marinated in mirin and a hint of citrus and coriander. Or enjoy it alongside a glazed piece of ibérico presa served with sugar snap peas and pimientos de padrón. Another delicious combination is created with spinach and chanterelles, rounded off with egg yolk and elderberry.
Winery A. Christmann, Peter-Koch-Str. 43, 67435 Gimmeldingen/Pfalz / Germany, organic certificate: DE-ÖKO-003