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Von Winning Grainhubel Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018

White Wine from Pfalz, Germany
$64.99

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A wide array of flavors shine through in the glass, with chamomile, quince, and macadamia nuts making an appearance.
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Von Winning produces some of the finest dry wines in the Pfalz, if not all of Germany. Each wine, from an entry-level Riesling to the heralded Grosses Gewachs, is a microcosm of the Pfalz’s unique mineral profile, and of the fastidious winemaking at the estate.

Although the domaine was established in the 1860s, its fortunes rose in 2007 when Stephan Attman was appointed head winemaker. Stephan chose to abandon the stainless steel fermentation typically favored for Riesling and return to the old way of fermenting in wood, a practice that encourages structure and complexity.

V-W has vines in some of the most revered terroir in the Pfalz, including 8 different GG sites—no where else can you taste Riesling grown on such a diverse set of terroirs, including limestone, sandstone and volcanic basalt.

They are all fermented in large (typically old) oak barrels. The fermentation is long and slow, and the wines are aged on their lees for 1.5-2 years, producing a fascinating texture, simultaneously rich and ethereally fleeting.

The GGs of von Winning have virtually unlimited aging potential; there is a perfect balance struck between acidity, minerality and concentrated fruit.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 92
"The 2018 Grainhübel GG "VDP. Grosse Lage" is clear, deep, intense and spicy on the well-concentrated and perfectly ripe nose whose oaky notes are fine, fresh and truly noble. Round and charming on the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense and structured dry Riesling with fine tannins from the vinification in oak. The finish is very intense but balanced, salty and fresh with some lush and lingering stone fruit flavors. Excellent but still young."

Wine Spectator

WS 92
"The 2018 Grainhübel GG "VDP. Grosse Lage" is clear, deep, intense and spicy on the well-concentrated and perfectly ripe nose whose oaky notes are fine, fresh and truly noble. Round and charming on the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense and structured dry Riesling with fine tannins from the vinification in oak. The finish is very intense but balanced, salty and fresh with some lush and lingering stone fruit flavors. Excellent but still young."

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Grape Variety: Riesling
Appellation: Pfalz
Vineyard: Grainhübel (Deidesheim)
Soil: Sandy Loam
Exposition: South – Southwest
Fermentation & Elevage: Spontaneous fermentation in 500L barrels, left on the gross lees for 18 months

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Aromatic , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied