Weingut Louis Guntrum, Rheinhessen

29 06 2016

0194cfbcae34ced399d91eff7205ec6ffa9dd1587cKonstantin welcomed us onto the river terrace of the Nierstein winery with a glass of Perlfein (their version of Prosecco really) and with the sun beating down it was very refreshing. I remember Guntrum wines from way back and I was impressed with the clean, modern style.

The non-Riesling dry wines were eminently enjoyable eg 2015 Scheurebe, 2015 Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), 2014 or 2015 Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) – all great drinking wines and an interesting alternative to our usual fare.

Plus Guntrum have some stock of back vintages which have been tasted, approved and recorked as necessary.

Here are my pick of the Rieslings:

2015 Niersteiner Riesling Trocken

Nice concentration at this level, light and refreshing

2014 Oppenheimer Sacktrager Riesling Trocken

More terroir on the nose plus richness and power on the palate.  A pineapple ripe note. (We also tasted the 2001 which was very fresh still with some developed diesel aromas – really good).

2014 Pettenthal GG (this is not the VdP Grosses Gewachs but Guntrum’s own trademark)

Real terroir on the nose, lovely weight. Lovely concentration and length.

2015 Nierstein Orbel Riesling Spatlese

Very rich, starts off sweet then closes slightly. Lovely extract.

2015 Nierstiein Hipping Riesling Auslese

Very closed. Usually a dry GG vineyard but there was so much botrytis they picked it for an Auslese. So long and fine, drier on the finish. Lovely balance.



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