Overview of the Wine
The Ürziger Würzgarten Alte Reben Riesling is a winemaking collaboration between Christian Hermann of Dr. Hermann & Stefan Steinmetz of the Günther Steinmetz Estate. When the two first met at Prowein in 2014, it was immediately clear that they thought alike. And not only because of their shared philosophy in striving for quality. But they do have some differences: Christian puts his emphasis on sweet and dessert wines, and Stefan focuses more on dry and off-dry ones.
During an evening of wine tasting, Stefan shared his dream of being able to produce a great dry wine from the rare red sandstone and even rarer (volcanic) Rhyolite soil found in only a few places in the Mosel. The Dr. Hermann Estate tends parcels in the heart of Ürziger Würzgarten, planted with up to 120 year old un-grafted vines on this Rhyolite and red sandstone soil. This is when the idea of a common project was born.
Christian and Stefan got excited at the idea of putting together their knowledge and benefitting from the synergies. The common goal was simple: to produce a top dry Riesling from the Ürziger Würzgarten. They used both of their harvest teams to select the best grapes and then created the wine together in the cellars of the Günther Steinmetz Estate.
Grape / Blend
Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Alte Reben (Steinmetz und Hermann) has an intense yet clear, flinty and spicy/floral-scented bouquet of tropical fruits, herbs, walnuts and very fine slate aromas. Full-bodied, rich, round and intense on the palate, this is an elegant, densely textured and juicy grand cru with firm tannins.
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
While the nose is plush and tropical, there's elegance and restraint on the palate of this complex dry Riesling. It's delicate in body, yet its honeyed lemon and tangerine flavors are bold and penetrating. The finish is long and edged in steel, with a pleasantly astringent kick of lime zest. Beautiful already, it should improve through the next decade.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Alte Reben (Steinmetz und Hermann) is a co-production from Stefan Steinmetz and Christian Hermann. The latter owns the vineyard that was cultivated and harvested by both, whereas the wine was fermented and aged in the Steinmetz cellar. Total production is 2,700 bottles. The wine opens with a very clear, intense and elegant, perfectly ripe and flinty bouquet. On the palate, this is an intense, perfectly ripe and lush - though highly finessed and elegant - Riesling in perfect balance. The finish is very aromatic, fine and crystalline, a lovely mix of salts and fruits. Gorgeous! The golden-yellow grapes for this wine were harvested in the end of October with 100° Oechsle in top, red slate parcels with 80 to 100-year-old, ungrafted vines. The wine fermented in a stainless steel vat down to 12% alcohol and not fully dry with 12 grams of residual sugar per liter. Total production is 200 cases, and a few magnums and double magnums.
94 Points - Vinous
Officially, "Steinmetz und Hermann" is a self-standing, one-wine project that came about due to Christian Hermann’s admiration for Steinmetz’s way with dry-tasting Riesling and Steinmetz’s dream of rendering an Ürziger. It didn’t strike me as necessary to generate a separate winery entry, so I am reviewing the inaugural release in my coverage of Stefan Steinmetz, who vinified the wine in his cellars. The ancient, ungrafted vines in question, from the Dr. Hermann estate and on rhyolite as well as slate soils, are being tended expressly for this collaboration and jointly harvested. In Steinmetz-typical fashion, although the wine tastes dry, its 11 grams of residual sugar qualify it as legally halbtrocken, and its 12 percent alcohol reinforces a sense of gloss, plushness and silken texture without precluding some sense of lift. Tingling, seedy ripe strawberry and kiwi are laced with zesty fresh lime as well as bittersweet, subtly smoky nut oils, and the superbly sustained finish adds pungent thyme and marjoram as well as crystalline stony impingements to complete a picture of dazzling, near-kaleidoscopic complexity. There were 2,700 bottles of this gem. Who can say whether I’ve been overly conservative in estimating its aging potential? But lucky are those who will be able to put my prognosis to the test!
Product size: 750ml
From a private seller.