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.
The Rothenberg grand-cru vineyard encompasses about 20 hectares directly on the Rhine River on the north end of the “Roter Hang” between Nackenheim and Nierstein. Around five hectares of this comprise the heart of the Rothenberg. The vineyard has a slope of 30 to 80% and comprises 290-million-year-old red shale plates. The Hasselbach family of Gunderloch Estate own around 4.5 hectares of this prime vineyard made up predominantly of very steep parcels. Just one small parcel of no more than 20 rows producing the highest quality of grapes are devoted to this wine.
Scintillating pink-grapefruit aromas with breathtaking clarity and purity that reaches ethereal heights. The palate has a smooth and supple build with such attractive, fresh and defined, ripe lemons and grapefruit. Measured acidity, great depth and detail. Drink or hold. Date Tasted: Dec 2019; Rating: 95 Points; Nick Stock; JamesSuckling.com
Quite ethereal fragrance of ripe green fruit, citrusy aromas and a fine spicy notion. On the palate the fruit is fairly sweet, but also zesty with pink grapefruit and a dash of exotic spice. In keeping with the vintage the texture is generous, but given clear contours by a tactile phenolic edge. Date Tasted: Aug 2019; Rating: 18/20; Michael Schmidt, JancisRobinson.com
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