Riesling GG Niersteiner Pettenthal


One of the three grand cru Rieslings made at Gunderloch (Hipping, Pettenthal, Rothenberg). The Pettenthal site has sandier soils and smaller rocks than Rothenberg with a deep topsoil. The wine is 100% aged in 600L neutral barrels, a welcome trend at this estate in the last few years. Indeed, this wine is a prime example of the new and exciting direction in which Johannes is taking this estate--more work in the vineyard and less in the cellar, natural fermentations, more relaxed character in the wines, lighter structures and more transparency overall. The 2016 is still knitting together, but the signature of the vineyard (ferrous red soil character, orange/tangerine aromas, and zesty, lifted character) are already there. 

"Gunderloch's very best wines are from the Pettenthal (where the family owns 3.3 hectares) and the warm, wind-protected part of the Rothenberg (4.5 hectares). Gunderloch's dry "GG" Rieslings Rothenberg and Pettenthal belong to the very best I have tasted from Nackenheim and Nierstein this year."  -Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

91 points
"The citrus colored 2016 Pettenthal Riesling GG has a clear, fresh/coolish and spicy bouquet of ripe and concentrated Riesling berries, slate and very discreet toast aromas. Full-bodied, round and creamy-piquant on the palate, with lush and intense fruit, grainy tannins and some prominent oak that still has to be integrated (Hoesch 1200-liter Stückfass) this is a complex and mouth-filling Pettenthal that needs some years to develop and gain finesse."
Stefan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, #233 31st Oct 2017
93 points
"At between four and five grams of residual sugar, this is in what until recently would have been considered the normal range for a Gunderloch Grosses Gewächs. The hints of resin and lanolin from casks in their fifth use are less usual, but site-typical lemon and tangerine as well as smokiness born of these soils all come through on the nose and on a flatteringly silken-textured, glycerol-rich palate. Fresh fennel adds cooling appeal to a lingering finish that brims with animatingly bright juiciness, smoky intrigue and mouthwatering salinity."
David Schildknecht,
, May 2018
95 points
"Still rather closed this is a very concentrated wine with a beautiful balance that makes it taste less powerful than it really is. Major minerality at the very long, powerful finish. And all this at just 12.5% alcohol. Better from 2018. "
Stuart Pigott,

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