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“Doos” is a Rheingau colloquialism for Dachs (= badger). An exposed south-west slanting hilltop with constant down winds, through which the grapes dry fast and remain healthy - ideal conditions for mature dry Riesling.
Streaked with grey quartzite the clay rich loess soil of the parcel with its old name “Landpflechter Brunnen” - “Landpflechter Well” indicate the ample water supply.
At the heart of this plot grows our Riesling-Unicum “Landgeflecht”.
For more than 230 years, our family has been growing vines here in the middle Rheingau. Knowledge of these special vineyard sites, with their soils of phylllite slate and Taunus quartzite, was handed down and has incr eased over 10 generations. We look back on this long tradition with the greatest respect. Since 2004, we have been cultivating our vines and vineyards according to the principles of biodynamic ag riculture.
For us, biodynamics means above all increased attention in t he vineyard and empathy towards our vines and t he natural connections surrounding them. We use them to promote soil vitality, biodiversity, and create a real, deep relationship between us, our vines, and the soil. The latter, especially, is the essential basis for healthy, aromatic grapes that have an expression of the individual place. As vintners it is part of our task to intervene with nature by sensitively cultivating it. The idea of biodynamics is to disturb nature as little as possible, creating a balance between nature and plantation. We achieve this for instance by applying natural compost, this way returning to the soil what our vines drain as nutrients. Due to these and other measures - like diverse planting - we sustain the quality and vitality of our soil also long-term. The compost, which mainly consists of cow dung is “inoculated” with various compost preparations, which in turn we also make ourselves from organic substances and plant parts. These preparations are applied similarly to homoeopathy in minimal doses. It is their task, to initiate and regulate the rotting process.
Above all, biodynamics has also changed us profoundly and has brought back sensitivity and empathy to us. Today we have a real relationship with all living things in our vineyards, as we understand them better and know of the part they play in the ecosystem. We don’t just encounter weeds, vermin, and diseases, but a contained and logical system of cause and effect, which we just need to understand better and that we can influence gently but efficiently. This changed perspective of things, and especially the change in the fruits of our labour make us today deeply happy and grateful.
The 2018 Doosberg Riesling Trocken GG is enormously fine and precise and even coolish on the deep and complex nose, given this spectacularly warm and dry year. The deep, clayey soils of the Doosberg, however, didn't cause any stress. On the palate, this is an intense, finely juicy, seamlessly textured, sublime, highly elegant and complex Doosberg with remarkable purity and finesse and a salty finish with a fine grip and lemon flavors. This is an extraordinary Doosberg.