The Ockfener Bockstein, a very steep 50° southwest-facing hillside slope, is located in a side valley away from the Saar river where the sun's rays shine unimpeded by any other hills.
Its soils are hard, gravelly gray slate lending a smoky aroma and great minerality to its wines. The extensive forest topping the hill retains water which drains slowly into the vineyard subsoils beneath. Between the forest and vineyard wild animals such as deer may be seen, alluding to the vineyard's German bock referring to 'buck' and the German stein for 'rock'.
The cool winds coming down from the Hunsrück hills influence the grapes' ripening by forcing the them to produce aromatic potential rather than high sugar levels.
Elderflower, lilac, violet, and rose are the floral notes attributed to these wines along with the aforementioned smoky minerality.
These Ockfener Bockstein are the most refined and playful of St. Urbans-Hof's wines.
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