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Hallgartener Hendelberg Erste Lage, Peter Jakob Kühn, Rheingau 2020 (organic)



£33.00

75cl ALC 12.5%

Aromatic jasmine and yellow plum leaps from the glass with trademark salty notes from this slate driven site. The palate is rich with grapefruit peel and peach stone fruit leading to a finish well guided by balanced oak.


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Germany, Germany, Rhine

Still White

100% Riesling

Dry and crisp

Drink or Keep

2020

Pork Chops

12.5%

75cl

Vegetarian

Peter Jakob Kühn

This estate has belonged to the Kühn family for over 230 years but it was only when Peter Jakob and his wife Angela took over in the late 1970s that there was a dramatic improvement in quality and in the way of working, developments which were recognised when their Doosberg 1991 won the prize for the best dry Riesling in Germany.

The next stage was conversion to biodynamic viticulture and Demeter certification was achieved in 2004. Today Peter Jakob and his son Peter Bernhard look after 18 hectares of vines situated on gentle slopes running down to the Rhine around the villages of Oestrich and Hallgarten, including the grand cru sites of Doosberg and Hendelberg. Peter Jakob has developed a training system which exposes a much bigger surface area of leaf to the sun and so helps with ripening. Picking is careful and selective with hand selection. Grapes are pressed slowly and the juice is allowed to settle before fermentation begins with natural yeasts and no temperature control. There is extended lees ageing and the top wines are matured in large oak barrels. No fining is used. The principle is always minimal intervention and allowing the wine to find its own way. The results are characterful and intense wines that continue to garner many awards around the world.

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Vintage guide

The warmest year on record, 2022 has produced some super results. The wines of 2021 are lighter in style and more aromatic with evident acidity compared with the previous two vintages. 2020 saw a warm summer, giving ripeness, while a prolonged harvest has given freshness and perfect quality fruit. The 2019s show wonderful rapier-like style, good weight and depth, yields are lower than the generous 2018 vintage. “A glorious vintage” said one grower, amongst many superlatives bandied about for 2018. For the first time in 10 years growers were truly happy with the quantity and the quality. The resulting wines are pure, rich, aromatic, and show a fine acidity. An early harvest following frost earlier in the season meant 2017 produced excellent light, fruity wines with great finesse. Weather conditions were tricky in 2016 and growers had to earn their stripes; the early season was wet, which reduced yields, followed by a hot summer with cool nights bringing excellent aromatics but with wines a little lighter than 2015. The brilliant 2015 vintage took place in ideal conditions and produced wonderfully ripe wines in all styles. Kabinetts are a bit short in quantity, but the dry wines especially are very approachable. 2014 saw a good crop of light, well-balanced wines with well integrated acidity.

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