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We vinify traditional expressive wines in both “Premier Cru” and “Grand Cru” classifications. Alongside Riesling, which has been growing continuously in these soils for more than 100 years, we believe that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the only varieties able to interpret the local terroir. The grapes for our wines always stem from our vineyards in and around Bad Kreuznach. We do not purchase any additional grapes or must. We intend to bottle as late as possible, but always when during tasting the wines tell us the right time.

In den Zehn Morgen stands for wines that are given time to develop in the barrel and the bottle – employing traditional handcraft in both a conservative and forward-looking way to create grand wines.

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Kreuznacher Riesling trocken 2019

The Riesling comes from local vineyards in Bad Kreuznach. Steinberg monopole, as well as the Narrenkappe, Aufm Schlossberg, Auf dem Krötenpfuhl, Kauzenberg and Im Kahlenberg – all of them belong to Kreuznach. The vineyards have different geological compositions, which belongs to Nahe’s riverbeds. In addition to yellow and red sandstone, there is marl and loess. It gives the wines a gravel character.

The Riesling grapes were harvested by hand and brought to the winery in small containers. We apply a whole cluster pressing, to create more delicate wines. The Riesling was fermented spontaneously in a temperature-controlled manner in stainless steel, before ripening on full yeast and later on the lees in stainless steel.

The dry Kreuznacher Riesling 2019 has a light straw yellow color. The scent is determined by light notes of yellow apple and lemons with a few hints of lime. The fruit is accompanied by garden herbs and stony notes. The palate shows great independence – the Kreuznacher Riesling is bright and clear as a bell. Amalfi and Zedrat lemons mix with chalky notes and herbs. What distinct this outstanding Riesling is the creamy texture, refined with a lemon curd touch and countered by a present citrus solution. The finish is an interplay between subtle sweetness and saltiness.

Kreuznacher Rosenheck Riesling Kabinett 2019

This Riesling comes from Rosenheck – the southeast-facing location in Winzenheim. Winzenheim is a district of Bad Kreuznach and lies 160 to 200 meters above sea level. The clay-marbled soils ensure ripe fruit and substance.

The Riesling grapes were harvested by hand and brought to the winery in small containers. We apply a whole cluster pressing, to create more delicate wines. The Riesling was fermented spontaneously in a temperature-controlled manner in stainless steel, before ripening on full yeast and later on fine lees in stainless steel.

Kreuznacher Rosenheck Riesling Kabinett 2019 has a light yellow color, smells elegant and lively. In the foreground you can recognize the notes of a juicy Granny Smith apple and ripe lemons. The fruit is accompanied by delicate white flowers, herbs and mineral notes.

On the palate, this Riesling Kabinett is extremely lively and precisely balanced between fruit sweetness and a powerful citric acid. As on the nose, the Riesling is bright and clear in the mouth, with its aromas of yellow and green pome fruit, stone fruit and lemons. The simultaneous presence of sweetness, acidity and saltiness ensures a high drinking flow, which is further enhanced by the great juiciness in the final.

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Kreuznacher Pinot Noir Rosé 2019

The Pinot Noir comes from Kreuznacher Hofgarten, which is characterized by stony-sandy loam and loess.

In the glass, the Kreuznach Pinot Noir Rosé 2019 shows an intense salmon color with a slightly ruby-red reflex. Already in the scent you can feel that this is a pleasantly fresh and rather spicy rosé, which combines drinking pleasure with complexity. Sweet and sour cherries are recognized here, as well as red currants and barberries. In addition to the fruit, there is a hue scent of blonde tobacco and ground limestone.

The palate confirms what the fragrance predicted. The Pinot Noir Rosé opens with a very slightly sweet fruit of wild raspberries, but this ripe fruit is by no means the determining element. Rather, it is the spicy and dry notes reminiscent of dry wood that make the rosé complex and make it an excellent accompaniment to food. At the same time, the fresh acid structure and the elegant fruit ensure drinking pleasure and fun by drinking.

Kreuznacher Grauburgunder 2019

The 2019 Grauer Bugunder comes from various locations of Bad Kreuznach, which are characterized by sandstone, clay and loess.

Grauburgunder grapes were harvested by hand and brought to the winery in small containers, where they were fermented as whole grapes in stainless steel and then fermented spontaneously under temperature control. 15% of Pinot Gris had a maceration time of 48 hours. The wine matured first on the whole lees and later on on the fine lees in stainless steel.

The Kreuznach Grauburgunder 2019 shows a medium straw yellow color and has a subtle, but persistent scent of both fresh and slightly crumbly yellow apple, combined with a spicy piquant note. It feels so, as if there was a bit of apple peel and also one or the other nut.

On the palate, the wine is determined by its spice, which seems to be a little more dominant here than the yellow, ripe fruit. Herbs, nuts and apple peels can be found in the taste as well as blonde tobacco and stone. This Grauburgunder is characterized by a successful balance of juiciness and ist spicy sides. In addition, there is a pleasant, very light tannin, which provides a subtle texture on the palate, and a lively acidity, which gives the Grauer Burgunder a lively backbone.

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Sand & Kalkstein 2019

This cuvée is a mariage of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.

The Chardonnay comes from the vineyard named Pastorei, and, although Pastorei lays directly opposite the winery, it belongs to Bretzenheim and not to Kreuznach. Another part of the Chardonnay originates from Im Kahlenberg, which is rich on red and yellow sandstone. Weißburgunder was planted in the Kreuznacher Narrenkappe – another vineyard with sandstone as prime soil.

The grapes were harvested by hand and brought to the winery in small containers. We apply a whole cluster pressing, to create more delicate wines. The grapes fermented spontaneously in a temperature-controlled manner in stainless steel, before ripening on full yeast and later on the lees in stainless steel, as well as crafted in oak barrels with 2,600 L capacity.

The Sand & Limestone 2019 shines – the effect is gained through a bright yellow color. The cuvée smells elegant, juicy and delicately spicy. It starts with notes of green and yellow pears, accompanied by subtle hints of honeydew melon and vineyard peach. There is some stone next to the fruit and nuts, accompanied by a hint of lemon and apple peel.

Chardonnay and Weißburgunder in a blend provide a creamy texture on the palate. The fruit is reminiscent of ripe pears. It is permeated with a ripe and subtle acid. In addition to the silky, creamy aspect, you also get the impression that something piquant and tangy resonates – that provides the wine with an additional non-slip texture on the palate. This component, reminiscent of nuts and shells, also adds an additional dimension to the taste of Sand & Kalkstein Cuvée.

Bretzenheimer Chardonnay

This Chardonnay comes from the upper clayey and calcareous area of ​​the vineyard Pastorei. Although Pastorei is located directly opposite the winery, it belongs to Bretzenheim and not to Kreuznach. The Chardonnay was manually harvested, spontaneously fermented and matured for ten months in a used tonneau. We apply a whole cluster pressing to avoid grape stress.

The Chardonnay Pastorei 2019 has a bright straw yellow colour. The scent combines a present and at the same time elegant fruit of predominantly yellow apples and pears, as well as some plucots with a slight addition of Meyer lemons. The fruit merges with hints of blonde tobacco and ripe almonds.

On the palate, Bretzenheimer Chardonnay is juicy and fresh with clear and precise fruity aromas of pomaceous and citrus, which bring in a slightly herbal and spicy note, as well as lively acidity. The Chardonnay glides over the palate with a light smoothness. The wood used frames the fruit but remains in the background. The wine is characterized by a vital minerality and a powerful acidity structure that makes the Chardonnay shine brightly.

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Erste Lage – Premier Cru

Our Premier Cru wines are vinified from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Premier Cru wines are bottled every year and from our experience are exceptional but at the same time also accessible at a slightly earlier stage.

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Riesling Steinberg.Monopole

The Kreuznacher Steinberg is located in the northern part of Bad Kreuznach. This monopole vineyard of the winery has a slight slope. The vineyard soil is gravy, with sand and loess. The grapes were harvested by hand and brought in small containers to the winery, where we applied whole cluster pressing. The Riesling was fermented spontaneously and temperature-controlled in stainless steel. It matured first on the full yeast and later for ten months on the lees in the stainless steel.

This Riesling shines with a medium straw-yellow colour and is a fruity, open and inviting wine. The deep soil provides volume and a ripe core and, above all, stone fruit. The scent of the wine is somewhat creamy, accompanied by a subtle yeast note. It’s like adding a touch of clotted cream to the ripe apricots and yellow apples on English scones. The Riesling also shows a delicate citrus note of ripe grapefruit and kumquats as well as candied ginger.

On the palate, the wine lines the mouth with pleasant ripe fruit. Steinberg is a flatterer, an enchanter straight out of a picture book. In addition to the ripe fruit, the background acidity and stony character, given by the gravy soil, are fascinating. The acidity builds up very slowly, stays in the background and only becomes present with the second sip. But then it distinctly shapes the Riesling and ensures a prancing and lively finale.

Riesling Krötenpfuhl

Single vineyard Krötenpfuhl is located above the village with a slight slope only in a south-south-west exposure. The soil is characterized by gravel and sand with loess. The grapes were harvested by hand and are brought in small containers to the winery, where we applied whole cluster pressing. The Riesling was fermented spontaneously and temperature-controlled in stainless steel. It matured first on the full yeast and later for ten months on the lees in the stainless steel.

The Riesling Krötenpfuhl is spicy and quite firm in its fruit reminiscent of lemons and limes. Herbs are also recognizable here, along with crushed stone, white flowers and, in addition to the citrus fruit, a little bit of grated peel.

On the palate, the Riesling appears light and clear, with distinctive acidity, which stretches from the first moment right through to the finale, determined by a mouth-watering saltiness. Lemons and limes dominate here with yellow and green ripe fruit. The wine triggers the palate directly; it has grip and is very dynamic. In addition to the fruit, there are herbs and stony elements. The longer the Riesling remains on the palate, the more vibrant the acidity and minerality become. At the beginning of its flow, it has a lot of flourishing energy and potential.

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Riesling Kahlenberg

The Kreuznach single-vineyard Im Kahlenberg is located southwards. The soils of the vineyard are characterized by red and yellow sandstone from the time of the Rotliegend formation, with limestone marl storage as well as river sediments and a hint of quartzite. The Riesling grapes were picked by hand and brought to the winery in small containers, where we applied whole cluster pressing. Kahlenberg Riesling was then fermented spontaneously in stainless steel. It matured first on the full yeast and later for ten months on the lees in the stainless steel.

This Riesling, shining in a medium straw yellow, shows its charming and inviting side. Notes of ripe apples meet slightly crunchy stone fruit. This is accompanied by the slightly sweet scent, and also with dominant herb and green, but ripe notes of bitter lemon.

On the palate, the Riesling offers a silky, elegant texture. The acidity appears – typically for 2019 – initially ripe and also silky, but then it builds up more and more intensity. The wine looks slim and is present with a distinct mineral component that brings energy and liveliness. In addition to the crunchy fruit, there are spicy elements that remind of curry. Finally, a slight saltiness stimulates the palate.

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Große Lage – Grand Cru

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Our Grand Cru wines are vinified from Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Grand Cru wines are bottled only from exceptional vintages. Time, patience and individual sensory characteristics are decisive. Expressive and particularly full of character, they are not only an extract of our very best vines but above all the result of our pursuit of unique wines.

We will provide more detailed information about our vineyards and wines as soon as the wines have been blended.