Rheinhessen: Jürgen Hofmann 'St. Johann' Steinberg Chardonnay Trocken 2019
Talented winemaker Jürgen Hofmann makes just 100 cases of this delicious, barrel-fermented Steinberg Chardonnay in each vintage. If you are fans of nervy white Burgundy without the hefty price-tag (and who isn't?), this one's for you.
This Rheinhessen Chardonnay comes from a small plot in the Sankt Johann municipality near Bingen. From the 'Steinberg' vineyard's chalky soils with a touch of marl and loess, it has a similar soil profile to much of Burgundy and south to south-east facing slopes which catch the most of the sunshine and UV to help ripen Chardonnay in what is still a marginal climate for grape growing. It’s the ideal conditions for Chardonnay bringing minerality, concentration and creaminess to the palate.
Chardonnay has only been permitted to be planted in Germany since 1991 but at the last count in 2018, was Germany’s 7th most planted white grape. Jürgen harvests his grapes late to allow as much ripening as possible and ferments using wild yeasts in French barriques, giving this wine an extended time on the fine lees for flavour and texture.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Germany, Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2021 to 2027.|
|Vinification||Late-picked grapes are allowed to naturally ferment in oak barrels and the wine to develop on the lees over winter.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
In 1971 the Hofmann family farm, which had practiced mixed agriculture up to this point, turned its focus exclusively to winemaking. Taking over in 1998, Jürgen has enthusiastically developed this estate which lies between Mainz and Bingen in the north of the Rheinhessen. He and his wife, Carolyn Willems-Willems, farm their respective family vineyards (Carolyn’s are in the Saar) and make wine together. The labels for the estates’ traditional portfolios, one located in Oberemmel, the other in Appenheim, bear individual illustrations that encapsulate the distinctive character of each wine and the soil on which it is grown. Jürgen has extensive winemaking experience across the work having trained at the renowned wine school in Geisenheim followed by stints in South Africa, California and Romania and for renowned German producer ‘Reh-Kendermann’.
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Rheinhessen: Jürgen Hofmann 'St. Johann' Steinberg Chardonnay - Yapp Brothers One Minute Review
Grant Berry reviews the 'St. Johann' Steinberg Chardonnay from Jürgen Hofmann - grown on limestone slopes, the wine has a Burgundian feel with a creamy rich texture, white peach notes with a touch of oak. Ideal with citrus and fish.Yapp Brothers Videos