Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz, Biodynamic estate in the Pfalz region of Germany. It has remained in the same family for 300 years. In 1949 the first Muller-Thurgau Trockenbeerenauslese was made here. In 1977 Hans-Jörg Rebbholz took over from his father upon the latter’s death.

Memberships: Renaissance des Appellations. VDP since 1991.

Vineyards: 2008 19ha. | 2016 22ha. Riesling (40%), Pinot Noir (22%), Gewurztraminer (9%) plus Chardonnay, Grauburgunder, Muskateller, Muller Thurgau and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc).

Biodynamics | 2016: Make their own Horn manure 500, Horn silica 501, compost preparations 502-507. Buy in Equisetum arvense 508.

Organic & Biodynamic certification | 2008 First vintage with full organic certification (Naturland). | 2012 Lacon. | 2015 respekt-BioDyn. | 2019 Respekt.

Winemaking | Little chaptalisation under Hans-Jörg Rebbholz according to Piggot (1988). New winery in 2006, with the old winery next to his house due to become a wine tasting area. Clear style, best for Weisserburgunder; also Riesling. 

White wines

Chardonnay R Trocken | From the 1st Chardonnay vineyard planted in Germany. BD since a few years. Wine got finer, lower alcohol and physiologically ripe. | 2014 Wild. No temp control. 24 hours on skins. 9m in new oak. Nice mealy nose with orange spice; very savoury on the palate, like an aged Chardonnay with some orange notes but very refreshing at Tenuta Manicor 24th June 2016.

Gewurztraminer | 2010 Spätlese trocken.

Gewurztraminer, Albersweiler Latt | Rebholz’s Gewurztraminer is grown on a pergola in a steeply terraced vineyard planted by his grandfather in 1947. Worked by hand (Payne, 2006).

Muskateller | 2010 Kabinett trocken

Godramsteiner Münzberg | 1995 Muskateller Spätlese Trocken Debut (what was formerly Siebeldinger Königsgarten, Muskateller, Spätlese Trocken).

Siebeldinger Königsgarten | 1988-1994 Muskateller Spätlese Trocken was made in in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994. From from 1995 this was bottled as Godramsteiner Münzberg (see separate entry).

Riesling wines

Riesling Trocken

Riesling Trocken S

Riesling Vom Buntsandstein | 2010 Kabinett Trocken. | 2015 Warm year but high acid. 24 hours on skins. Bit of oak I think. 3.4g/l RS. Very nice freshness, bruised apple, balanced at Manincor 24th June 2016.

Riesling Vom Muschelkalk2011 S Dry, Pfalz Good depth and ripe acidity at RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012.

Riesling Vom Rotliegenden | 2011 S Riesling Trocken 

Riesling Grosses Gewächs | 2014 GG. 6g/l. No oak. Saline, vertical at Manincor 24th June 2016.

Birkweiler Kastanienbusch2010 Riesling Grosses Gewächs. | 2011 Riesling Grosses Gewächs. | 2014 GG. 6g/l. No oak. Saline, vertical at Manincor 24th June 2016.

Siebeldinger im Sonnenschein, Riesling1996 Riesling Spätlese Trocken Good example, clear honeyed fruit, with good Riesling character; tried at Villa Pistoria with Steffi Schwab, her friend Steffi, Micheal Kimmel and Michael, Saturday 3/11/01.

Siebeldinger Ganzhorn im Sonnenschein, RieslingCalcareous. | 2008 Ganzhorn im Sonnenschein Riesling GG Nice bright golden colour. Very bright. Savoury, bit fat and pineapply though dinner at the Seehof Keller 23 June 2016.

Pinot Blanc

Weissburgunder Kabinett trocken 

Weissburgunder Spätlese trocken

Weisser Burgunder S Dry | Very good citrus at RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012. | 2014 A very good year. 100% BF. 60% new. 20-30% MLF. Very salty, with creamy clear new oak at Manincor 24th June 2016.

Vom Muschelkalk [im Sonnenschein]. | 2015 13%. Gets its toasty note from limestone apparently, lovely texture (10-30 year-old vines. SE-facing. On SO4) at Manincor 24th June 2016.

Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris | 2007 Nice earthy style of PG at SITT Manchester 23 Feb 2009. | 2010 Spätlese trocken, Pfalz. | 2011 Pfalz. Dry. Citrus at RAW, London Sunday/Monday 20-21st May 2012.

Pinot Noir

Siebeldinger im Sonnenschein, Pinot Noir | This is from 3.5ha. A cool, high site. Mariafelder and 1964 oldest German clones, compact bunches (777 compact). | 2010 Bottled 2013. Cool, high acid, very fine Pinot noir, bright at Manincor 24th June 2016.

Bibliography

Jancis Robinson, ‘2011 Grosses Gewächs – Part 1’, jancisrobinson.com11 Sep 2012.

Joel Payne., ‘Germany’s Mavericks’, World of Fine Wine12 2006 p.66

Michael Schmidt, ‘VDP 2011s – Pfalz & Franken’ jancisrobinson.com21 Jun 2012

Michael Schmidt, ‘The taste of fear – GG Riesling 2010’ jancisrobinson.com 22 Sep 2011

Michael Schmidt, ‘Germany’s tricky 2010 – a first look’, jancis.robinson.com 11 May 2011

Michael Schmidt, ‘Grosses Gewächs – part 3’, jancisrobinson.com1 Oct 2012.