The Gunderloch, Rothenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2014 is produced from just one small parcel of no more than 20 rows producing the highest quality of grapes are devoted to this wine in multiple stages (vineyard and winery) hand-selected fruit massive soil of red-slate plate.
The Gunderloch winery was founded in 1890 by the Banker; Carl Gunderloch. Since then it has been the passion the family to focus on the Riesling variety which finds perfect conditions in their vineyards. The 250 million-year-old “Red slate” – Soil from Permian times and the special microclimatic setting on the steep slopes next to the impressive River Rhein build the base for the creation of unique wines.
At the moment the Hasselbach Family cultivates 24ha of vineyards which are planted with 85% Riesling. “Working with our vineyards we feel obliged to preserve the plants and the sanity of the soil for the generations to come. Already with a cautious pruning, we are aiming for very low yields around 50 hl/ha. It is our ambition to find the perfect balance of aromatics, fruity acidity and the typical minerality of our slaty soils, of the Grape-Berry. We are fascinated by the harmony between concentration, liveliness and a strong mineral-deepness.”
Johannes Hasselbach has well and truly hit his stride after taking the winemaking reins from his late father Fritz a few years back. Warm, charming, modest and brilliant Fritz Hasselbach, who passed away from illness in October 2016, was the man who lifted the estate into the Rheinhessen’s top flight. Johannes and the team are taking it even further, turning out stunning wines from top-rated vineyards of the Roter Hang, a steep hill of red slate overlooking the Rhine. The dry Rieslings are intensely concentrated and expressive of the red volcanic soil. The fruity wines are even more so, with their touch of sweetness that acts as a conduit for flavour and aroma. Nackenheim Rothenberg is one of the great vineyards of Germany. Gunderloch was the first winery in Germany to put its entire range under screwcap and holds the ‘claim to fame’ of scoring a hat-trick of 100-point reviews in Wine Spectator. Named in honour of the late, great man himself, Fritz’s Riesling adds a lovely dimension to the line-up.
The Gunderloch Rothenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2014 has a composition of ripe fruit aromas, a fine minerality and an integrated acidity with an enormous mineral length, and very long ageing potential.