Riesling Doosberg Grosses Gewächs, Peter Jakob Kuhn, Rheingau, Germany 2018
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Rieslings – biodynamic – Rheingau terroir at its best
Peter Jakob Kuhn
It was no surprise when word reached us that Peter Jakob Kuhn had been voted German winemaker of the year for 2016 – his wines are some of the best examples of German produce we have tasted. The Kühn estate was founded in 1786 by Jacobus Kühn and has remained under the watchful eye of his family ever since. Now, along with his wife Angela, and their son Peter Bernhard (who, during his training completed a stage with our friends at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht), cultivates the family land biodynamically, producing a range of Rieslings which showcase the Rheingau terroir.
A fervent believer in the ecological benefits of biodynamic farming, Peter is at present, the only producer to follow biodynamic principles in the Rheingau. His wines are made in a fearless manner, with as much as possible left to nature’s own course. His experimental cuvées include wines which have undergone extra-long lees ageing or been fermented and aged in amphora vessels. Peter is a producer we are delighted to introduce to you all and we firmly believe that his wines will become iconic in the very near future.
Riesling Doosberg Grosses Gewächs 2018
The term Grosses Gewächs is used to designate the very best vineyard sites, the Grand Cru equivalents for Riesling production. In this case, the vineyard used for the production of this wine is a plot of 45 year old vines on a south-west facing slope. This ensures the vines are exposed to constant winds, allowing the grapes to dry fast and develop in ideal conditions for a dry Riesling.
The grapes are hand-harvested, whole-bunch-pressed for eight hours and then fermented with natural yeasts. It is then aged on lees for 13 months before being racked in December then aged on fine lees until April.
The nose is powerful and elegant, with notes of vanilla, banana and ripe pineapple. The palate is smooth, creamy and possesses persistent, elegant acidity, leading to a finish laden with spice and pepper. A wonderfully complex wine showing the Kuhn estate at its best! We were blown away when we first tasted this wine & we can’t wait to share it with you.