No vineyard on Planet Wine is more extreme than the Bastei, the narrow strip of vines clinging to the foot of the monumental Rotenfels, red cliffs in German.
More than 200 meters high this gigantic rock face is composed of volcanic rhyolite and for miles around you can see its warm red glow in the setting sun. The “soil” is just scree, weathered from stone that fell from the cliff over thousands of years. This, along with average rainfall of barely half a meter per year, has transformed the Riesling vines in the Bastei into semi-bonsai. Our single hectare there yields just a couple of thousand bottles of wine each year, but what a wine it is!
The only problem with our Bastei GG is that it needs several years of aging for its warm yet mysterious personality, plus the characteristic ripe apricot and mango aromas to fully unfold. In spite of its tendency to opulence, the wine’s finale is always cool, delicate and mineral. The difficult thing is dividing up the tiny crop fairly! For the release of this unique wine you need to wait two years from the date of picking.