|Hochheim, where the Künstler Estate vineyards are located, is the only wine growing community in the Rheingau that is located directly on the Main River. Here, the river flows around a south-facing cone-shaped hill, which means that vines are not shaded from either the east or the west. This unique south-facing location, combined with the Taunus mountain range’s protection from cold north winds, creates a Mediterranean microclimate where even this far north lemons and figs can ripen. The combination of long, sunny, summer days, light reflection and warming influence of both the Main and Rhein Rivers, and the northerly latitude allows grapes to ripen fully, creating exquisitely powerful and complex wines. Künstler’s Spätburgunders go through a traditional 10-day fermentation on the skins in closed wooden vats. Regular punch-downs of the cap ensure maximum extraction of color and flavors from the skins. After pressing and malolactic fermentation the wines undergo 12 months of aging in mature oak casks, followed by another year of aging in bottle before release. The resulting wines feature lush yet bright cherry and floral aromas backed by mint, a touch of spice, fine-grained fruit tannins, and just a hint of oak.
~ Rand Sieger, 67Wine Buyer