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Horn at the top

Michael Beck's best Riesling from seven vintages

26 December 2023
Werner Elflein

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Labelling through the ages

The origin was and is always the same. However, the name of the wine has changed several times over the years. Marketed in 2008 as a dry Riesling Spätlese from the Stadeck Spitzberg with the additions Alte Reben and vom Pelosol, since 2015 the Im Horn vineyard has adorned the label instead of the single vineyard under wine law. Michael Beck, owner of the Beck – Hedesheimer-Hof winery in Stadecken-Elsheim in Rhine-Hesse, has been doing without the predicate and other additional information for a good ten years now. A change that is primarily due to the spirit of the times. However, this transformation has never had any influence on the wine itself, which we were able to taste from seven different vintages.

The deep and calcareous soils in the Stadeck Spitzberg are characterised by pararendzina and pelosol. The clayey pelosol is characterised by a high swelling capacity. In dry phases, cracks form through which rainwater can seep down quickly. The pararendzina – here based on loess – on the other hand, has a very good storage capacity for plant-available soil water. The soils are rich in nutrients, well aerated and rootable.

The Stadeck Spitzberg is mostly exposed to the west. Where the hillside turns to the south lies the steep Im Horn vineyard, whose outstanding quality has been known in Michael Beck's family for generations.

The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. At length I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled — but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk.

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I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes its redresser. It is equally unredressed when the avenger fails to make himself felt as such to him who has done the wrong. It must be understood that neither by word nor deed had I given Fortunato cause to doubt my good will. I continued, as was my wont, to smile in his face, and he did not perceive that my smile now was at the thought of his immolation.

The wines at a glance

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The rating of the wine reflects the mean value from a tasting by our jury.
The wine was evaluated in a blind tasting.
The wine was tasted as a barrel sample or before an official test number (Amtliche Prüfungsnummer or Staatliche Prüfnummer) was issued.
In our tasting, the wine exhibited a qualitative defect or a wine fault. Depending on the type and severity of the defect or wine fault, the wine was downgraded or rejected.

Beck – Hedesheimer Hof

Schildweg 2 • 55271 Stadecken-Elsheim • Germany
Phone: +49 6136 2487 • Fax: +49 6136 924413
Internet: www.hedesheimer-hof.de • E‑mail: weingut@hedesheimer-hof.de

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WinewhitedryRiesling

2020 Stadecken Im Horn Riesling Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 27 21 • 12.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 3 August 2023 by Werner Elflein

Full straw yellow colour. Partly vegetal, partly floral aroma of white flowers and green herbs. Needs a lot of air in its current stage of development. Only opens up on the second day. Puristic and focussed, with fresh acidity and clear grapefruit on the long finish. Still a rough diamond that needs time.

16.5

Tasted on 3 August 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

WinewhitedryRiesling

2018 Stadecken Im Horn Riesling Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 34 19 • 13 % alcohol

16

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein

Lemon yellow. Restrained fragrance, as in other vintages, with a distinctly herbal component. A hint of woodruff. Also herbal on the palate with herbaceous spiciness. Surprisingly fresh for the hot and dry year 2018. Very good length.

16

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

WinewhitedryRiesling

2015 Stadecken Im Horn Riesling Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 29 16 • 13 % alcohol

15.5

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein

Bright, luminous golden yellow. Multifaceted pineapple scent. Delicately creamy on the palate, with herbal components and a certain astringency. Fine, elegant and well-buffered acidity. Seems a little monolithic and closed at the moment, but could benefit from further bottle ageing. Grapefruit on the finish. Excellent length. Not entirely certain prognosis.

15.5

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

WinewhitedryRiesling

2014 Stadecken Spitzberg Im Horn Riesling Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 34 15 • 13.5 % alcohol

17

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein

Yellow-green to straw yellow. Discreet bouquet with a hint of pear, white currant and some cherry. In addition, white flowers and caramel on the nose. On the tongue distinctly herbal and earthy with flavours of green gooseberry. Ripe acidity. In the long finish, hints of sour and morello cherry.

17.5

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

WinewhitedryRiesling

2013 Stadecken Spitzberg Riesling Pelosol Qualitätswein trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 29 14 • 12.5 % alcohol

17.5

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein

Bright, light golden yellow. Citrus-fruity nose with hints of flint in the background. Only with a little air do aromas of pineapple emerge, discreetly at first, later quite clearly. On the tongue herbal and herbaceous spicy, marked by a ripe, vibrant and spicy acidity. Pineapple again. Expressive and animating. Excellent length.

17

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

WinewhitedryRiesling

2011 Stadecken Spitzberg Riesling Pelosol Spätlese trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 26 12 • 13.5 % alcohol

16.5

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein

Full lemon yellow. Complex, herbal aroma of apricot, turmeric and flint with vegetal hints of potato peel. On the tongue again flint and mainly vegetal flavours. Delicately creamy. Shows structure with fine acidity, honey spice and some citrus. Floral touch. Contrary to the vintage trend, a very fresh and animating 2011. Excellent length.

17

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes

WinewhitedryRiesling

2008 Stadecken Spitzberg Riesling Alte Reben vom Pelosol Spätlese trocken

Germany

Rheinhessen • Geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung (g. U.)

Amtliche Prüfungsnummer 4394195 13 09 • 13 % alcohol

18

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein

Brilliant golden to amber yellow. Multi-layered nose of a mature dry Riesling with finest peach notes. Still very vital, at rest, with fine acidity. Glides harmoniously over the tongue. Excellent depth. Lingers for a long time. A wine that remains in the memory.

18

Tasted on 20 May 2023 by Werner Elflein and Ioulia Elflein under four eyes