Friday, 8 June 2012

St Urbans, the patron saint of winemakers

This evening was a trip down memory lane, through wine. We had a bottle of St Urbanshof, Leiwener Laurentinslay, 2007 from the Mosel valley.

I was very lucky to go on a wine tour with a group of London Sommeliers that was organised by the Winebarn . My friend Iris, who is Director of the company, led us on a tour around the South West wine regions of Germany..

One stop was at the St Urbanshof vineyard and winery, where we were entertained by the Weis family.
Nick Weis took us on a tour of just some of the parcels of land that he grows vines on.
They all seemed to have stunning views of the Mosel river, that meanders effortlessly through the scenery.  Back to the winery for a tasting, my highlight of which was the Leiwener Laurentinslay.
It takes it's name from the chapel near the vineyard, dedicated to St Lawrence.
The wine continues to evolve with different flavours coming through. This time, the 2007 had pineapple, flint, apricot and very ripe mango on the nose. The flavour was lime, pineapple juice, honey and dried lemon rind. There was toast and a hint of liquorice on the finish.
A beautiful wine and a fine example of some of the great wine coming out of Germany now.
Give them a go and you may have golden memories like mine.

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