- Weingut Gunderloch
- 2023 - 2045
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A serious Riesling! the 2020 Pettethal delivers layer after layer of juicy citrus fruits: lemon, lime, grapefruit and bergamot overlap with an exotic element of pineapple and mango skin. Flecks of gras and green tea as well as a smoky, mineral note emerge with time in the glass. Salty, piquant and wonderfully chiselled on the palate which is still so tightly wound for now. A sizzling, elegant and racy red slate Riesling from one of the region’s most famous Grand Cru sites. Drink 2043 - 2045.
Weingut Gunderloch is nestled in the quaint village of Nackenheim in the Rheinhessen. Famous for its 250-million-year-old steep red slate soils that flank the mighty Rhein river, Rheinhessen Rieslings used to be more sought-after than those from the Mosel. In fact, when the Titanic sank, the most expensive bottle on board was a Riesling from this region! Gunderloch is one of its oldest, most established estates and the family own some of the best ‘Grand Cru’ sites in the valley including the red sandstone vineyards of Nackenheim Rothenberg and Nierstein Hipping, as well as the weathered red shale of Nierstein Pettenthal. What’s more, the estate is one of the founding members of the VDP and winemaker Johannes Hasselbach serves as chairman for VDP Rheinhessen (as did his ancestors at various points). A passionate advocate of sustainability, Johannes is leading the VDP’s long-term plan, implementing measures such as using lighter bottles to reducing their carbon footprint. Johannes is a talented and incredibly switched on winemaker, producing seriously exciting wines from the family’s top vineyards. He carries out his ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and uses only indigenous yeast. An exciting detail of Johannes’ winemaking is his preference to start some small site-specific fermentations in the vineyard and add these ferments to the tanks in the cellar, allowing native yeast from his special terroir to shine through. Johannes likes to use a touch of skin contact as he feels that the skins hold a very special expression of place.