From the warmer Hollberg vineyard, just north of Siefersheim. The milder conditions here tend to lead to riper, spicier styles of Riesling, but still marked by the classic Rheinhessen minerality and salinity.
The 2017 vintage is hands down the best release from Wagner-Stempel to date. Beautiful wines of precision and purity.
Maturation: Stainless steel tank, traditional large and medium-sized
barrel of German oak.
Selectively hand-picked in late season. Sourced from the oldest and best parcels of the Höllberg Grand Cru vineyard, extremely stony gravel and clay soil, sub-soil of porphyry rock.
Clear, pale gold colour. Intense complex nose, dominated by fruity aromas, apricot and red peach fruit, with vegetal, herbaceous notes in the back. Dry, fresh and invigorating acidity, pronounced mineral notes, full bodied, very well balanced, very long finish.
ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA - THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
Candied grapefruit, guava and lemon perfume this dry, lusciously full-bodied Riesling. Fruit tones are more elegant on the palate, edged by steel and zippy, tensing acidity. It's delightful already but should open and yield by 2022 and improve through 2030, likely longer.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Stunning site and here represented with the GG labelling. Skin contact lasts for around a day and the wine heads to mostly older oak for its maturing period. Mea culpa, the end of the bottle went alongside barbecued, chilli-oil-doused Patonga Creek squid. Outstanding. Precision but a sense of concentration. Easy glide across the palate with strong sense of ‘fruitiness’ but an inner coil of limey, fine acidity. The bouquet is attractive, almost a little sweet and faintly honeyed but the mainstay is something akin to a bunch of flowers and the skin of limes. Flintiness finishes the wine though a stain of lightly gummy citrus flavours sticks around too. All this is bound up, exceptionally long, very satisfying. High class.
I love the complex nose of pineapple, yellow grapefruit, smoke and dried sage. In spite of the considerable concentration, this is remarkably light on its feet, thanks to the uplifting freshness and very minerally acidity that lights up the long finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
MICHAEL SCHMIDT - JANCISROBINSON.COM
A cool aura of fresh green vegetation animates the olfactory perception. Also cool (but not austerely so) is the combination of zesty grapefruit and salty minerality on the palate, well buffered by a rich texture. The finish is crisp with notes of green mint and sappy herbs. 18 / 20 Points.