In 2014, Phillip Whittmann was named Gault Millau Winemaker of the Year. He was praised by the judges for a long list of achievements, contributions to development in quality and pioneering organic and biodynamic winemaking. However, the most impressive achievement was this; Wittmann had almost single-handedly raised the reputation of the Morstein vineyard to that of legend status. On the limestone slopes of the Rhine, with the untapped potential to produce some of the greatest Riesling in the world, and its thanks to Wittmann that this potential has been realised.
“For me, it’s a matter of the heart, my favorite vineyard, pure emotion,”
It's easy to see why this vineyard hold's such a special place in Wittmann's heart. The Morstein GG wine is not just the flagship for his winery, it has achieved cult status. The unrivalled depth and power of these wines will blow the mind of even a seasoned Riesling enthusiast. It can't be overstated that these wines are outrageously delicious. There is literally a handful of them available and this iconic wine will disappear fast. You know you want one...
The grand cru Morstein site is situated on the south-facing slope that stretches from Gundersheim to Westhofen. The subsoil consists of massive limestone rocks. The first documented mention of the site dates from 1282. Today, Wittmann owns about 4 ha (10 acres) in the best (southeastern exposure) parcel of this vineyard. The upper layer of soil is primarily heavy clayish marl interspersed with limestone. The subsoil is also heavy and marked by layers of limestone that help circulate water. This ensures that the vines are well supplied with nutrients and minerals, and may account for the mineral character of the Morstein wines.
Philipp Wittmann was named Winemaker of the Year 2014 by the Gault Millau Wine Guide, with the judges praising him as "one of the pioneers of organic viticulture and a driving force behind quality developments" in the southern Rheinhessen. "For many years he has produced superb dry Rieslings with fascinating ageing potential," they went on. "Almost single-handedly he elevated the Morstein site to legendary status." Philipp’s ancestors have been winegrowers in the old market town of Westhofen since the mid-1600s. His father Günter put the estate on an organic footing, and it’s been a member of organic farmers' association Naturland since 1990. Philipp then took the step to go biodynamic in 2004. He lays the foundation for wines of exceptional quality through intensive, year-round vineyard maintenance, low yields and the uncompromising selection of bunches by hand. For the most part, the wines ferment in traditional, old oak casks or stainless steel and fermentation often continues into the year following the harvest. Already firmly established as one of Germany’s superstar producers, this young winemaker has a brilliant future ahead of him. Biodynamic producer
Wild yellow flowers blow in a citrusy, salty breeze. Freshly picked nectarines run amok and honeydew melon drips in intensity. Alluring and decadent at the same time with glitzy tension, but ornately spiced stone fruit. The acidity is tempered only by the raw power here. Stoney and tightly constructed, but deep and welcoming
MICHAEL SCHMIDT - JANCISROBINSON.COM
A warm and rich fragrance adds an unusual but seductive notion of Ambrosia rice pudding to the more conventional aromas of ripe yellow fruit. The palate is packed with sweet and juicy fruit flavours, a hint of exotic spice and well-rounded acidity add subtle accents. Despite its generous character, the Morstein shows great purity of taste and does not lose itself in opulence. 18.5/20