Leitz ‘Eins Zwei Zero’ Alcohol-Free Riesling

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Johannes Leitz continues to innovate! In doing so, he recently partnered with a company to produce two alcohol-free rieslings. Germans have been producing non-alcoholic wines for over 70 years and that history has led to inventions to improve quality. Leitz’s hometown of Rüdesheim is the historic birthplace of the famous distillery Asbach Uralt. After the war, a fellow vigneron named Carl Jung began a distillery. Ultimately, Jung could not compete with the local brandy, but he developed a vacuum distillation system which enabled him to lower the temperature at which alcohol could boil off (because the boiling point decreases as atmospheric pressure decreases). Innovations in vacuum distillation have improved in recent years, and Leitz found a producer in Rheinhessen who recently patented a new, completely closed system that allows wine alcohol to boil at 28°C, preserving “wine-like” aromas and characteristics. As we all know, like fat, alcohol is a transporter of flavor, and without it, there needs to be something else to carry those flavors. 35 grams/L does the work for this riesling, though the sugar is nearly eaten up.

Pairs well with gratinated crostini, cauliflower and goat’s cheese & butter, as well as with an Asian chicken casserole.

Description

Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Yellow Straw
Nose Notes of lime and citrus
Palate Rhubarb and a little hint of red apples on an underlying mineral base. The finish is dry and long. Extremely close to the depth, structure and weight of a normal wine

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 100% Riesling
Alcohol % True 0%
Style Aromatic Riesling
Estate/Producer Johannes Leitz
Country Germany
Region Rüdesheim
Vintage 2020
Vinification Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats and then dealcoholized by Vacuum at  28°C
Closure Screw Cap
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Ready to be enjoyed with a life shelf of 4 years after bottling

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