Gunderloch Fritzs Riesling 2011
Johannes Hasselbach has well and truly hit his stride after taking the winemaking reins from father Fritz a few years back. He and the Gunderloch team continue to turn out stunning wines from top-rated vineyards of the Roter Hang, a steep hill of red slate overlooking the Rhine.
Fritz's Riesling grows in a very small and special part of Rheinhessen called the Roter Hang, a name meaning “red hill“ due to its red slate soils. The Roter Hang is located between the village of Nackenheim and the village of Nierstein, 20 kilometres south of the city of Mainz. The red colour comes from a high proportion of minerals and iron in the soil. In addition the vineyards are very close to the river Rhine, they face south-east and they have steep slopes. The combination of those four factors - the red slate soil, the proximity to the river, the exposure to the sun and the steepness of the vineyards - are perfect for producing a wine that speaks of this very special winegrowing area. All these factors work to produce wonderful ripeness that result in lovely stone fruit characters of peach and apricot. The cool climate works to retain acidity which lends freshness and the red soils give the wine a spice and aromatic lift. Dry, fresh and full of character.
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