Riesling GG Rothenberg


(3.5g RS/8g acid/12% alc) Gunderloch’s crown jewel vineyard is the Nackenheimer Rothenberg, one of the top grosse lagen (grand cru’s) of the “Roter Hang” (a 5km stretch of steep vineyards along the Rhine river composed of iron-rich, blood-red slate and clay). The Rothenberg is almost a monopole for Gunderloch, and they are unquestionably the most important vintner working in the site. They pick between twenty and thirty parcels here from vines up to forty years old, vinifying them separately. The GG selections are macerated for a few days, then quickly pressed and placed in barrels without pre-clarification and spontaneously fermented to total dryness. The DNA of the Roter Hang is expressed as purely as possible here, perhaps even more so than the Niersteiner sites. Dark stone aromas accompany yellow fruits and savory green herbs (think marjoram, basil, etc) in a burnished, layered, extremely complex wine walking the line consistently between power and elegance. 


96 points
""In spite of its youth, this has a stunning nose of pink grapefruit, tarragon and wild berries. Concentrated and racy with great concentration for the sleekness of its body. Wonderful brilliance at the extremely long and precise finish where the wet stone minerality is breathtaking. Drinkable now, but best from 2025.""
Stuart Piggott,
"“…the qualitative highlight of the region, and indeed my entire tasting experience, was found at the Roter Hang (red slope), specifically at Rothenberg. Gunderloch and Kühling-Gillot(KG) each delivered two typical but very different representatives from the famous red-sloped hillside near Nackenheim. Gunderloch impressed with a highly pronounced red-spicy, red berry, extremely fine interpretation with an incredibly dark, finely juicy, salty, and firm core. The soil typicity of the Roter Hang was most noticeable in all the wines from the Hipping site. Especially in Gunderloch’s version, where there was an extremely red berry and iron-spiced nose (excellent). "
Stefan Reinhardt,
Heroes of Riesling (website)
" “The 2022er Rothenberg Nackenheim GG, as it is referred to on the front label, offers a superbly complex and finely reductive nose of wet slate, wild herbs, verbena, candied grapefruit, lime tree, mustard seed, and fine spices. The wine is superbly playful on the comparatively light-weighted yet elegant and refined palate. There is a beautiful spicy core running through the palate and giving a great freshness to the whole balance. The finish is precise, pure, and vibrating. This is a remarkable, focused, and intense expression of dry Riesling in the making!”"
Jean Fisch and David Rayer,
Mosel Fine Wines

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