GUNDERLOCH Riesling Kabinett Jean-Baptiste 2012
GUNDERLOCH Riesling Kabinett Jean-Baptiste 2012 features a racy edge to the apple, green peach and citrus flavors. This is lithe and fresh-tasting. Crisp acidity lends zesty purity and verve to the finish. A combination of citrus fruit and spice is the trademark of the Jean Baptiste. The 2012 strikes a fine balance between residual sugar and acidity which draws extra strength from a very lively and fresh interpretation.
Gunderloch inhabit a special part of Rheinhessen known as ‘Roter Hang’ – a special area of red slate that leaves a mark on their wonderful whites. They make quite a range including a stunning Grosses Gewachs (Great Growth) from Nackenheim Rothenberg – one of Germany’s great vineyards.
Jean Baptiste is a classic German Kabinett. Fruity, floral, showing peaches and stone fruits. The palate is concentrated with a fair whack of acid that keeps the sweetness in check. The wine is long finishing, floral and a hint earthy/savoury on the end.
Estate: In 1890 Carl Gunderloch founded the estate by investing into the best vineyard sites of the “Rote Hang” area (“red slope area”) in the Rheinhessen appellation. Over the past decade, the 5th generation, Fritz and Agnes Hasselbach, have elevated the estate to world class earning 3 times, a perfect 100 point score, in the Wine Spectator for their TBA dessert wines from 1992, 1996 and 2001.
The Gunderloch estate in Nackenheim, just southwest of Frankfurt, was founded in 1890 by the banker Carl Gunderloch on the banks of the river Rhine. From the beginning, the estate was run with a strict commitment to quality.