Gunderloch, “Nackenheim” Riesling Trocken (Dry), Rheinhessen
Sale price ($) 1.72
94 points Stuart Pigott (JamesSuckling.com): “Complex nose of red berries, pink grapefruit and fresh herbs. This may only be medium-bodied, but a great deal of mineral and herbal character has been packed into this sleek frame (only 12% alcohol), and the finish is really long and polished; excellent ageing potential. (10/18/16)”
Founded in 1890 by the banker Carl Gunderloch who was also the first President and a founding member of the Rheinhessen VDP. Our working relationship and friendship started in 1988 just a few years after Fritz Hasselbach took charge of the cellar. 1989 produced the first of a series of great noble sweet wines from the great Rothenberg vineyard in Nackenheim. Soon after the estate set records garnering perfect scores in 1992, 1996 and 2001 in the Wine Spectator – the only estate in the world to ever to do so.
The estate owns 95% of the filet piece in the great Nackenheimer Rothenbergwhich also includes the old Fenchelberg. The other Grand Cru vineyard is the Niersteiner Pettenthal; terroir in these top sites is red slate and clay in the Rothenberg and lighter versions in the Pettenthal producing more masculine and more feminine wines respectively. The Rothenberg Rieslings induce wonderful peach, apricot and spice aromas which carry over to the palate with an additional nuance of almonds and a powerful and persistent mineral finish. The Pettenthal Rieslings are more refined but also with a pear and apricot fruit but without the strong mineral drive of the Rothenberg.