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This website is devoted to a selection of fine wine estates from Germany, whose wines are available in the United States through wine importer and distributor, Slocum & Sons, located in North Haven, Connecticut. This portfolio has been created by Eric Litchfield, the company's Import Sales Director, who has spent considerable time selecting producers that define today's highest standards of wine making. Mr. Litchfield's philosophy is allowing the wine producer and nature to harmonize equally, utilizing sustainable agriculture, organic and biodynamic farming to reach the purest expression of grape varietal, microclimate and terroir, yielding wines of supreme balance and elegance.


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von Schleinitz



Freiherr von Schleinitz estate is recognized as one of the top estates in the region. The high quality of the wines is continuously confirmed by awards and medals received in regional and national as well as international competitions. Come visit the estate and let us show you the quality in every glass of wine we make.


History

The Hähn family has been in the wine business since 1650. In 1892 Peter Hähn moved to Kobern and started a small winery. In 1956 his grandson Karlheinz Hähn expanded the winery by buying the Freiherr von Schleinitz estate and merged the two keeping the von Schleinitz name.


He started to expand the business by being a negociant but developed his vineyards at the same time. Focusing on his own production and quality the negociant part of the business was reduced and eventually eliminated as the estate grew and became recognized for quality.


 The winery received more and more attention for its quality and achieved a national award in 1979. At that time Konrad Hähn, the son of Karlheinz and now owner of the estate, was already involved with the winemaking and is continuing the devotion to quality started by his father. The quality focus of the winery was confirmed by two additional national awards in 1995 and 2001. Weingut Freiherr von Schleinitz is certainly regarded as a leading winery in the area.


Konrad is not only an ambitious winemaker, but also serves on several honorary tasting and review committees. He also supports the cultural life of the region by being a leading member of the Summer Theater, which is located in his wine restaurant Winzerhof von Schleinitz.


Our Wines

Year round care and intensive work in the vineyards are the basis for ripe and healthy fruit, a necessity for high quality wines. Wine making knowledge gained over generations and modern technology used for the gentlest handling of the grapes and wine lead to the high quality von Schleinitz customers have enjoyed and come to expect over the years. Highest quality - ripened in nature and captured in a bottle.


Grape Varieties

The slate soil on the steep terraces provides perfect conditions for the late ripening Riesling grape, so we focus with 90% of our plantings on this great grape varietal. In this unique environment, Riesling produces world-class wines with a wide spectrum of aromas, fine fruitiness and a unique minerality in various styles from dry to fruity. The noble sweet wines are considered the finest in the world.


Since 1988 the remaining 10% of the vineyards are planted with Pinot Noir (Blauer Spätburgunder). Pinot Noir's unique ability to reflect the slate soil and warm climate provides very flavorful yet delicate red wines with a red fruit focus and a light to medium body showing elegant minerality.


Vineyards in the Best Sites of the Valley

In this most northern part, the Mosel valley is very narrow and the vineyards very steep. The warm micro climate and the use of terraces along the south facing slopes allows the vines to grow to full ripeness despite the northern location. The use of machinery is impossible and all work including harvesting is done by hand.


The UHLEN vineyard is one of the steepest vineyards in the Mosel valley. Facing directly south, it receives the most intense sun exposure in the region. This and the low precipitation based on the poor soil result in always low yields making for intense wines reflecting the mineral elements of the almost reddish soil consisting of clay and slate. Konrad Hähn uses the grapes of this vineyard mostly for his dry (trocken) wines. These wines are very full-bodied and are great to sip on or wonderful with poultry, veal, rabbit, seafood, steamed fish, raw bar, sushi etc.


The WEISSENBERG vineyard is facing southeast and has deeper soil and more weathered slate. Here the wines are more minerally and fleshy. They tend to be more elegant and fruit-focused. The grapes are mostly used to produce medium dry and sweeter style wines. Most of the late harvest and dessert wines come from this vineyard.




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Hochheimer Riesling Vintage 2014

The Earliest Vintage Harvest in my Memory

Information supplied by Dr. Franz Werner Michel, owner,

Domdechant Werner’sches Weingut

-1 November 2014-


After a hectic year with turbulent weather conditions, finally I am delighted to report from Hochheim again about a “happy end” of the 2014 Riesling vintage: good quality, but smaller quantity. But thanks to a reasonable filled stock from vintage 2013 and before, I will be able to meet the grow.ng demand from my customers around the globe.


Probably as result of global warming, the whole vegetation from the beginning in spring through blossoming and ripening until harvesting in October was two weeks earlier than normal. After extremely high temperature in May/June, we had in July/August endless rain showers until the beginning of October, when we finally enjoyed a short period of wonderful sunshine. During the heat wave in early summer, the grapes ripened very early, but during the rain period the berries blew up and the thin skins burst with the risks of infections by botrytis and insects. We had to start with picking already before the end of September, the earliest date in my memory as an active wine grower almost 70 years back! To avoid serious loss in quality and quantity, all vineyards have been pre-picked by hand to remove all damaged grapes and to harvest only healthy, fully ripe grapes. It was a real “turbo – harvest”.


The result is much better than expected: The fresh pressed juice from Riesling tasted and smelled clean with typical fruity aromas, the sugar degree reached over 80° up to 100° Öchsle, mostly suitable for Spätlese and even Auslese. The acidity appears crisp and round, well balanced against the typical Riesling fruits and minerals.


We are lucky to have harvested from our best certified vineyards Hochheimer KIRCHENSTÜCK and DOMDECHANEY also some “VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS®”, the absolute top of the quality pyramid in the dry style. Because of the dramatic reduction of the quantity by rigid pruning, dividing clusters and pre-picking of all damaged grapes, we reach an outstanding intensity and depth of fruit aroma and minerals – real great Riesling in global scale.



Sprechen Sie Deutsch

Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


Der Apfel fällt nicht weit vom Stamm.

- The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.


Many of Germany's current winemakers have taken over the winery from their parents. We're happy to see them staying in the family business!

    


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The 2013 Vintage Presents Good Quality, While

Quantity Remains Below Average

Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 April 2014-


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-1 January 2014-


 Riesling Vintage 2013

“Happy End” in Late October

Information supplied by Dr. Franz Werner Michel, owner,

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-1 December 2013-


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Top 100 Cellar Selections 2014

December 2014 Issue

Information supplied by Wines of Germany

-1 December 2014-


In a list of the top 100 cellar sections for 2014, the 2012 J. J. Prüm Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, the 2012 Dr. H. Thanisch Müller-Burggraef Riesling Auslese, Bernkasteler Doctor and the 2012 Dr. Loosen Riesling Auslese, Erdener Treppchen, all from the Mosel, were included. Tasting notes for the Dr. Loosen Riesling mentioned the wine’s brisk lemon acidity and ageability.

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