Appellation: Schaumwein. Which is a customs term for Sekt or sparkling wine; schaum means foam.
Cuvée: Rizzy Star Must
Colour: White
Grapes: Riesling
About: top level vineyards, ripe fruit, and higher alcohol, then longer on lees before released, so much finer. Don’t normally de-stem riesling, usually press whole bunches to avoid green oils of the stems. So a bit of phenolic from WB press, plus more mineral acidity out of the stems.

Vines

Location, parcels: Kröv, in particular Steffenberg, source of the estate’s top riesling
Size ha: less than 1
Age: planted in 1977
Soils: grey slate
Exposition: south
Altitude m: 220
Training: on wire
Farming and philosophy: certified and uncertified Organic
Average yield hl/ha: 55
Climate: cool (but changing)

Winemaking

The fruit is crushed and left to macerate and settle for 6 hours. Then pressed direct to ferment in 2000L old barrels. It’s bottled in January after the harvest by hand. Then ages for 30 months in bottle on full lees to finish fermentation. Then disgorged for sale. No fining, no filtration, no clarification, no additives.

Vintage Notes 2019
Very hot and dry summer which caused sunburn, acids a bit higher than 2018 (which was also hot and dry) but some timely rain in august boosted acids.
Part of it was disgorged, part not.
Yield hl/ha: 55
Harvested: early October
Bottles produced: 3500
Date bottled: 2020-01 and -03
Alcohol %: 11.5
SO2 Total: 0 added
Tasting: 2022-12-12 very rich, almost sweet fruit, very flattering, quite exotic, apricot, orange custard, custard cream, mineral and black pepper character, very fine mousse, full body (12,5% so not so full bodied compared with some wines).

Vintage Notes 2020
The weather: dry and hot season until mid-September, then cold and a bit rainy, mid to end of September giving some juice to the grapes.
Yield hl/ha: 55
Harvested: 28 September
Bottles produced: 2500
Date bottled: 2021-01-15
Alcohol %: 11
SO2 Total: 0 added