Leitz Dragonstone Riesling 2009
The latest installment of a proverbial hit, Leitz’s 2009 Rudesheimer Drachenstein Riesling Dragonstone continues (as its full name demonstrates) to come from a single vineyard, one from which by now Leitz takes a significant percentage of the crop. There has never been a better example of the electric intensity and uncanny balance Leitz is able to achieve in this site between taut, invigorating acidity and a high level of residual sugar that comes off as barely sweet. Zesty lime, peach, pink grapefruit, and red currant ally themselves to cinnamon spice, salts, and wet stones, and finish with simultaneous penetration and delicacy.
Johannes Leitz runs the Rheingau estate today. Johannes is the latest member of the Leitz family to take charge of the winery. He gained his vineyard experience at the Johnnishof estate of Hans Hermann Eser, as well as at Eltville College.
Soils types in the Rheingau, Germany vineyard are typical of the region, dominated by slate, with a small quantity of Burgundy varieties planted alongside the Riesling. Some Burgundian winery practices are also in place here, including prolonged contact with the lees.