The view from the L232 across the bottom of the valley toward Monzingen is staggering: a sheer wall of red and blue Devon slate capped by the looming, brooding Soonwald, which extends for twenty-five kilometers beyond the northern horizon. The Romans planted vines here in the time of Marcus Aurelius, because the palpably warm thermal wind that rushes up out of the valley melted the snow earliest in the spring. Most of the grapes in this full-bodied, wet slate and ripe Clingstone peach scented Riesling grew here, on a hill that the Germans named “Frühlingsplätzchen” (a nice little place in the springtime). Since the 1960s, Werner (now joined by his son, Frank) Schönleber, has been reclaiming the tradition of fine wine in Monzingen, with his ambitious reclamation of the Frühlingsplätzchen and Halenberg vineyards, both of which are considered among the Großes Gewächs (Grand Crus) of Germany.
The slate and clay soils of Monzingen (the fruit is selected from both the Halenberg and the Frühlingsplätzchen) are perfectly reflected in this Riesling trocken which the Schönlebers name, Mineral.
The slate and clay soils of Monzingen (the fruit is selected from both the Halenberg and the Frühlingsplätzen) are perfectly reflected in this Riesling trocken which the Schönlebers name, Mineral.