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. 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.
Cool and crisp, but also powerful and mineral this has a lot of drive at the finish. Where is that seafood platter? Best through 2025. Rating: 92 Points; Stuart Pigott; JamesSuckling.com
The dry 2016 Nierstein Riesling is entirely sourced in the Pettenthal and the vines were cultivated to become a Grosses Gewächs. The wine opens clear, fresh and mineral, with ripe but fine white fruit and lemon aromas intermixed with the spicy mineral aromas of the red soil. On the palate, this is a mouth-filling, fresh and charming Riesling of great purity, finesse and elegance. It has a delicious mineral grip and lingering salinity and is a kind of picture book Pettenthal. Rating: 91 Points. Stephan Reinhardt; eRobertParker
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