Riesling Hallgarten Hendelberg, 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 Hallgarten Hendelberg 2018

The fruit for this wine is grown on south-west facing slopes of colourful slate soil at an altitude of about 300 meters. This unique and elevated terroir impacts the effects of the summer sun, influencing vine growth to finish a bit later than parcels closer to the Rhine which produces a unique aromatic profile. Hand-harvested grapes are slow-pressed in whole clusters for several hours. Fermentation proceeds with natural yeasts in large oak barrels on the complete lees for 18 months.

The result is a stunning Riesling that possess a combination of citrus and stone fruit flavours, backed up by perfectly balanced minerality and a long, rich and saline finish.

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