2017 Gunderloch Fritz’s Riesling, Rhinehessen, Germany

2017 Gunderloch Fritz’s Riesling, Rhinehessen, Germany



This “everyday” off-dry 100% Riesling is simply delicious as it should be, given it is a tribute and memorial to owner and winemaker Fritz Hasselbach who passed away in 2016.  His son Johannes has taken the reins of Gunderloch, long considered one of Germany’s top Rhine producers.

The grapes are sourced from an area called Roter Hang meaning “red hill”. The characteristic name of this area is ascribable to its vivid red slate soil.  The vineyards are very close to the river Rhein on steep slopes facing south-east. The combination of those four factors—the red slate soil, the closeness to the river, great sun exposure and the steepness of the vineyards—are the perfect combination to produce Fritz’s Riesling.  100% aged in 600L neutral barrels and naturally fermented.  Floral, orange peel, apricot and pear.  Acid balanced, but to drink now while fresh and vibrant, not cellar.




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