Pettenthal, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs

Pettenthal, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2022




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Kühling-Gillot, Pettenthal, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2022


Justerini & Brooks Tasting note

Kühling-Gillot, Pettenthal, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, 2022

Cool and edgy initially, the palate shows a fine leesy element, taut citrus fruits, pressed flowers and a baseline of red spices and iron – the acidity is well covered by the fruits. Along with Hipping this is one of the key sites in the Roter Hang – the iron rich slate tending to be composed of larger plates, which contributes to the wine’s signature sense of composure.

Anne Krebiehl, Vinous

The 2022 Riesling Niersteiner Pettenthal Grosses Gewächs beguiles with a shy hint of orange blossom and wet stone. This is followed by yeasty reduction, intense creaminess and aromatic lemon. This parcel is underneath the forested crest of the hill, shading half of the vineyard in the afternoon. The lemony intensity, that mouth-watering juiciness, defines the concentrated mid-palate. Tingling white pepper blends in with white citrus pith to deliver textural interest. The 2022 has drive, energy and a lovely echo of lemon zestiness. The finish is super-clean, balancing ripe fruit with freshness. (Bone-dry)
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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.

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