The Steinacker vineyard is a plateau of pure limestone, at the very top of the hill above the Saumagen Grosse Lage (Grand cru). Its sense of intense minerality is impossible to miss, as well as its bracing, leaner-on-fruit, bigger-on-white-florals style relative to the Nussriegel. It is a pet favorite of mine for its rockhead limestone minerality…..this year’s is no exception, as the fruit/acidity/minerality interplay is just really really good, if such a bracing style is your cup of tea. The price continues to rise on this baby GG as their following grows, and I can’t fault them for that. Limestone limestone limestone indeed…..!
“Tasted as samples in March and April 2020, the 2019 Riesling Kallstadter Steinacker offers a fine, precise, elegant, chalky and nicely reductive bouquet of ripe lemon and small stone fruits. Marketed as VDP. Erste Lage, this is a juicy, terribly fresh, mineral and persistently salty dry Riesling that cleans the palate completely. This is a bone-dry and structured Riesling with a chalky texture for purists. It was vinified in stainless steel (two-thirds) and halbtück (one-third) and fermented to 12.2% alcohol and 1.5 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is a straight, lean and tensioned Riesling made in a linear-mineral and racy style. It is still pretty austere and citric on the finish but highly promising and full of energy.” 92-93 Stephan Reinhardt for the 2019, NOT THE 2021 OFFERED HERE