2018 Wittmann Kirchspiel Riesling GG (750ml)15 4 0 0
Philipp Wittmann is one of the top producers of dry Rieslings in Germany and one you should be acquainted with. The Wittmann family has been growing grapes and producing wine in the small Rheinhessen village of Westhofen since 1663. Today, the estate cultivates 62 acres of vines in the rolling limestone hills found in the southern part of the region, just west of the Rhine river valley. They have been pioneers in developing the full-bodied, well-balanced style of dry wines for which the region has become known as well as early adopters of organic (1990) and biodynamic (2004) viticulture.
The Kirchspiel vineyard opens up like an amphitheatre toward the Rhine and receives the sun’s first rays in the morning. The majority of Wittman’s parcels in the Kirchspiel lie up at the top of the slope where Klaus-Peter Keller also makes his GG from.
"This has a super fine nose with an impression of aromatic elegance and finely defined notes of chalk, white pepper, dry spices and a fresh, lemon and lime-peel edge. The palate has pin-point acidity and fine, leaf-like detail. The power is very discreet here and the finish is succulent, dry and uber fresh. Drink or hold." 97 points - James Suckling (20 Sep, 2019)
"An enticing fragrance brings together floral and herbal aromas of a summer meadow with ripe orchard fruit, creating an aura of summer meadow. The flavour is equally diverse, opening with sweet juicy yellow plums on a viscous palate, but adding tactile mineral notes and a piquant spicy notion to the mid palate. There is also sufficient acidity to stimulate the taste buds." 18/20 points - Michael Schmidt (jancisrobinson.com, Aug. 2019)