Deep and complex with plenty of smoke and hot, dry-stone character. The mineral energy of this wine is enormous and there isn’t a hint of opulence to stand in its way. Super-long and firm finish. This is as original as it gets. Try in 2019. Screw cap. 96 Points, Stuart Piggott, jamessuckling.com (09/2018)
The Rothenberg vineyard encompasses about 20 hectares directly on the Rhine River on the north end of the “Roter Hang” between Nackenheim and Nierstein. The vineyard has a slope of 30 to 80% and comprises 290-million-year-old red shale plates. The Hasselbach family of Gunderloch Estate own around 4.5 hectares of this prime vineyard. It yields wines of striking mineral character paired with a broad spectrum of expressive spice and fruit aromas.
Just one small parcel of no more than 20 rows produces the highest quality of grapes for this wine. Alcohol 12.5%; RS 2.3g/L; TA 7.5g/L.