Nomen est omen: the steep cone-shaped hill above our monopole Hermannsberg site is as stony as its name suggests, but the name says nothing about the special colour of the volcanic Lemberg porphyry bedrock here.
It might sound like a detail, but when it comes to great wines the details of geology are often of crucial importance. The Steinberg’s soil is far paler than the melaphry of the legendary Kupfergrube just a couple of hundred meters away. That makes the soil of the Steinberg Niederhausen very cool, something it has in common with the Grand Crus of Chablis where the chalk-rich Kimmeridgean soil is also very pale. This is one reason why both these wines have a pure and austerely mineral personality.
Our Steinberg Niederhausen wines are strong characters and have a great depth, but are never extrovert, much less showy. However, the dry GG (first vintage 2015) has already built a strong following as a result of those qualities and often sells out long before the next vintage is released. The naturally sweet Spätlese from this site is also, in every sense of these words, a firm feature of our range.