The Zilliken family traces its wine growing traditions back to 1742. The early generations toiled in Saarburg and Ockfen, but it was Royal Prussian Forest Superintendent Ferdinand Geltz (1851 – 1925) who laid the groundwork for what would become one of the grandest family-owned estates anywhere on the Saar and Mosel.
Ferdinand Geltz was a co-founder of the "Vereins der Naturweinversteigerer Großer Ring," an organisation today known as the VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). It promoted the sale of premier quality unchaptalised wines as a way to raise the profile, both domestically and internationally, of the outstanding Rieslings being produced in this wine growing region.
Tasting Notes: Smoky, seductive and deceptively delicate, which when given time will shine with all the lacy lightness of the vintage. Lush notes of ripe peach and lemons, and lemongrass open the nose, leading into bright, leaping flavours of the same. Simultaneously dynamic and juicy with an irresistible natural playfulness stretched over a tense slate structure layered with dark spice and a nervy mineral finish.