2018 German Grosse Gewächse & 2017 Pinot Noir
We are delighted to release our offer of 2018 Grosses Gewächs and 2017 German Pinot Noirs.
The 2018s are tasting better and better. They have settled down and are becoming smooth and integrated, revealing the great charm of youth as well as potential for long ageing. As befits a warm year, they are rich and muscular, but they possess a vibrant balancing acidity which keeps them fresh and true to their terroirs.
2017 is a brilliant vintage for reds. They are concentrated and pure, with delightful red berry fruit. They offer excellent early drinking, and the more serious ones will give pleasure for many years to come.
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2016 Tschuppen (ZIER48216A)
A high clay content in the soil gives a rich, bloody wine with notes of grilled meat and game, along with intense rich blueberry fruit, smooth tannins and fresh acidity.
2016 Talrain Spätburgunder (ZIER49216A)
From a high vineyard in the Black Forest near Kandern, surrounded by dense woodland, with loam soils rich in iron on a limestone base, similar to that in Gevrey. It is a cool spot, and 60% whole-bunch fermention has yielded dark, stony black fruit with smooth tannins and a long juicy elegant finish. Its 12% alcohol makes it an appealing prospect.
2015 Rhini Spätburgunder (ZIER52215A)
A little iron in the soil gives an edge of salty spice to the rounded supple red fruit. Made mainly from whole-bunch fermentation, the wine has a lifted freshness, intensity and ample density, driving to a long rich mineral-laden finish.
2016 Jaspis Pinot Noir (ZIER60216A)
Old vines in warm iron-rich soil are harvested late, resulting in a spicy, raspberry-fruited wine of delicate intensity, with smooth rounded tannins, and a rich juicy finish.
2014 Jaspis Spätburgunder Alte Reben (ZIER64214A)
Always one of the best Pinot Noirs in Germany. Made from the last grapes to be harvested, it has spicy raspberry fruit with a cool, sinewy quality and a herbaceous edge that lends structure, along with very fine tannins and a seductive juicy finish.
2018 Frauenberg GG [47 19] (BATT42218A)
A limestone base gives generous juicy citrus notes, balanced by a lovely salty fine finish with a hint of oak.
2018 Im Obern Weinspar [12 19] (DENG32218A)
From fifty-year-old vines in limestone-gravel soil. There is always a breeze here, particularly welcome in a hot summer, not only for the vineyard workers but also to keep the wine fresh! This has cool, aromatics, with a green note underpinning the yellow fruit, and there a is lively citrus zing lasting to the delicately salty finish.
2018 Am Heiligen Berg [14 19] (DENG34218A)
From heavier soils with more clay in the limestone-gravel mix. This is a powerful wine, with intense pithy grapefruit and ripe pear and apple fruit framed by delicate floral notes, finishing smoothly on a long rich bitter stony note.
2018 Dellchen GG [29 19] (DONN08218A)
Dellchen produces the most ethereal wines in the Dönnhoff stable: there is lightness and delicacy to the exotic yellow fruit, which has a gentle silky feel. But it also has the power of the vintage, and there is a dark, slaty fine finish.
2018 Herrenberg GG [07 19] (GRUN10218A)
A juicy ripe powerful wine with stony mineral and grassy flavours to complement the yellow fruit, and fine salty flavours on the long finish.
2018 Abstberg GG [08 19] (GRUN11218A)
Old vines give a smooth, silky wine with heady floral and fresh herbal notes, rich yellow fruit, a juicy ripe defining acidity and a dark stony core building to a long creamy finish.
2018 Juffer GG [24 19] (HAAG01218A)
A lovely elegant fine wine, with very juicy ripe yellow fruit and a pronounced stony minerality building through to a long salty finish.
2018 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr GG [08 19] (HAAG02218A)
Made from grapes in the heart of the vineyard, clustered around the sundial, where the microclimate is warmer and the vines much older. It is more powerful than the Juffer, finely woven, transparent, silky and beautifully smooth, with a steely mineral backbone that makes it taste very dry, and a very seductive, spicy, melting and elegant finish.
2018 Goldtröpchen [16 19] (HARJ30218A)
From 111-year-old vines adjacent to the Schubertslay vineyard. A rich, bright lemony wine tautening towards the finish as powerful stony flavours kick in. It is persistent and juicy, and will keep extremely well.
2018 Ohligsberg [15 19] (HARJ32218A)
A beautifully lean, perfumed wine with focus and elegance. There is bright citrus acidity, generous herb-tinged fruit and a wonderfully pure fine minerality emerging on the long finish.
2018 Röttgen GG (HELO11218A)
A fantastically steep terraced vineyard facing south-east, the Röttgen's weathered slate soils warm up early in the morning. The terrace walls then act like storage heaters, and the temperature remains high well into the evening. The result is a powerful wine packed with syrupy yellow peach and herbal notes, balanced by stony slaty flavours. The finish is long and very fine.
2018 Kirchberg GG (HELO14218A)
One of the warmest and driest sites in the Mosel, the Kirchberg's iron-rich sandy slate soils produce a very friendly, accessible wine with purity and elegance, and a juicy slaty finish.
2018 Stolzenberg GG (HELO15218A)
Another warm site, the Stolzenberg's weathered slate soils give a pretty juicy yellow-fruit nose with a smoky spicy note. It is not as rich as the Kirchberg, but fine and elegant, with a gentle persistent slightly sour finish.
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