Ökonomierat Rebholz Pfalz
Although he is based in the less-celebrated southern part of Pfalz, Hansjörg Rebholz manages to make some of the region’s best wines – very fine and intelligently crafted gems. Don’t expect the power or weight of the likes of other top Pfalz producers, rather a pure, intense, terroir-derived expression of Riesling. The cool, pure mineral intensity of the Kastanienbusch from red slate soils contrasts with the minerally warmth derived from the gravel and sandstone of the Im Sonnenschein site.
Good as these are, only 40% of the estate’s 20 ha of vineyard are planted to Riesling. Another 48% is comprised of the Pinots (Blanc, Gris and Noir) and Chardonnay. The Siebeldingen Im Sonnenschein Weisser Burgunder is a superb example of this grape. It comes from a more fossil-rich part of the vineyard than the Riesling and is very composed, pure and complex, on an altogether different quality level from most German examples (or indeed, anywhere else). Chardonnay has 9 months in 60-70% new oak and is very fine, elegant with both poise and intensity. Spätburgunder, aged in particularly fine grained oak, is cool, stylish and expressive with impressive length. Other wines include Silvaner, Grauburgunder and some sweet Auslese versions as well as some sparkling wine.
To find out more about Ökonomierat Rebholz and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to Germany..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)