Hipping, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2017

  Kühling-Gillot

Hipping, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs

Contains Sulphites.

About Kühling-Gillot

Kuhling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier represent two estates brought together by marriage but produced by one winemaking team in one cellar. Their focus is on producing great dry wines from top Rheinhessen vineyards with a minimum of intervention. In doing so they favour the savoury and the mineral over the overtly fruity. The Kuhling-Gillot vineyards are located in the Northern Rheinhessen, close to the river, in the red slate heartland between the villages of Nackenheim and Oppenheim. The estate’s history dates back over 200 years, though under different names: the family’s female side has run the estate for generation. Battenfeld-Spanier is a younger affair, set up by the ambitious Oliver Spanier in 1993. His vineyards are a further south, centred around the villages of Hohen-Sulzen, Nieder-Florsheim and Molsheim. Both estates are run to certified Biodynamic principals and without the use of fertilizer or pesticides. After hand harvesting, the grapes are kept on their skins for between 8 hours and three days depending on the vintage, before being fermented spontaneously. Vinification for all dry wines is done in 1200 litre wooden barrels, with constant topping up to minimize oxidation, the wines staying on their fine lees until the day of bottling. Of the two estates, the Kuhling-Gillot wines tend to be planted on slate soils while the Battenfeld-Spanier wines are all on limestone. The differences between the two soils types are rendered beautifully clearly because of the identical winemaking; the wines from limestone soils quiver with energy and cool minerality, those from slate tending more to tranquility and warm, fluid minerality. These two estates, run by the young, enthusiastic husband and wife team of Olivier and Carolin, are making some of Germany's most exciting dry wines and we are delighted to be bringing them into the UK for the first time.

Appellation: Rheinhessen

The Rheinhessen lies with the crook of the Rhine to the north and east, the Nahe to the west, Pfalz to the South and the Rheingau to the North over the river. Keller crafts his fabulous dry, fruity and sweet wines here, where the vines produce more generosity and richness than in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer or even Nahe.

Grape Type: Riesling

One of the world’s noblest grape varieties, Riesling produces scented, refreshing, mineral wines from dry to lusciously sweet. Its bad reputation, tarnished by the cloying and completely unrelated Liebfraumilch, is one of the wine world’s great injustices. Its heartland is the steep Mosel and Rheingau valleys of Germany, where it produces floral spritzy off-dry to medium wines packed with lime and apple fruit or, when affected by botrytis, honeyed apricot characteristics. In Alsace, Austria’s Wachau and Germany’s Franken there are some exhilarating, complex dry versions that work very well with Oriental fusion foods, as well as some stunning sweet versions. Some superb lively fruit-forward styles are cropping up in New Zealand, Constantia in South Africa and the cooler parts of Australia and California.