A Nahe Riesling is one of the top wines in Germany
94 Parker Points for Gut Hermannsberg
Winemakers and wine merchants always wait with great anticipation for the ratings of American publication The Wine Advocate. Tasting notes to the 2011 German Rieslings have just now been published on its website e-Robert Parker, confirming exactly what insiders and aficionados of Karsten Peter’s fine stylings have long suspected: that there’s an extremely talented and exceptional cellarmasterworking at Gut Hermannsberg, who with his purisitic, crystal-clear and finely mineral-driven Rieslings has caused a fresh wind to blow along the banks of the Nahe River, and attracted significant attention to the region.
Owner Jens Reidel und Dr. Christine Dinse, together with winemaker Karsten Peter © Kerstin Bänsch
David Schildknecht, who covers German wines for The Wine Advocate, is well-known as a fan of tightly-woven, occasionally severe but consistently complex wines. It’s no wonder that he was enthusiastic about the brilliant 2011 series from Gut Hermannsberg, and the way it articulated the estate’s individual Riesling personalities. He bestowed his highest rating upon the 2011 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Auslese AP #100 – a fabulous 94out of a possible 100 points. With this, the wine takes its place among the most highly rated in Germany.
The 2011 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Auslese AP #100 was made from grapes grown in an old parcel of the legendary vineyard site Kupfergrube. This wine marries the clear, precise aromas of exotic fruits with the incomparable mineral freshness of the meagre soils, which consist of melaphyre – an eruptive volcanic stone – and carbon-slate. The sensitive cellarmaster and perfectionist Karsten Peter has devoted much time and effort in the last couple of years to painstakingly studying the detailed characteristics of the soils in the terraces, along with the micro-climatic conditions prevalent in this directly southern-exposed site. He knows that these vines are rather diva-like, and forgive no mistakes in cultivation as well as demanding the greatest restraint in the cellar.
2011 Kupfergrube Auslese © Gut Hermannsberg
All the way from salty to creamy, from quince to black tea
According to David Schildknecht, the wine doesn’t just present a tremendous bandwidth of aromas, but also offers an enormous cellaring-potential:
“Saline, sweaty, and musky overtones along with scents and flavors of quince jelly, mirabelle preserves, smoky black tea, lemon rind, nut oils and fading lily lead to an interplay of piquantly zesty, liquid perfume, smoky, and brightly citric elements that renders the creamy yet infectiously juicy palate kaleidoscopically complex. Finishing with energetic yet envelopingly rich persistence, this ought to be well worth following thirty or more years.“
This is what true devotées of Nahe Riesling have been waiting for
Schildknecht goes even further, singing the praises of Gut Hermannsberg: “Director Karsten Peter, new owners Jens Reidel and Dr. Christine Dinse, and their team have demonstrated convincingly in 2011 that they are indeed the ones for whom lovers of Nahe Riesling have been waiting and hoping since the eclipse a quarter-century ago of this long-renowned former State Domaine (…).“
91 Points for the 2011 Niederhäuser Steinberg Riesling Spätlese
92 Points for the Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Auslese AP #101
93 Points for the Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Beerenauslese
91 Points for the Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Grosses Gewächs
92 Points for the 2011 Traiser Bastei Riesling Grosses Gewächs
“Admittedly, the majority of the 2011s are long since sold out at the estate,” says Head of Sales Hagen Rüdlin, with regret. “But the 2012 vintage promises an array of personalities that will be at least equally as radiant.“
The Guest House
Over the past couple years the former administration building has been carefully restored and reconfigured, with a careful feel for tradition and style. Located amidst the vineyards, it offers the perfect retreat for relaxation and enjoyment. Seven inviting rooms—five of them suites—are available to guests, each with modern bath, balcony and private terrace-area. Gourmet packages emphasising wellness, fitness or golf offer something for everybody, and beckon with exciting recreational opportunities. And of course there is a wine tasting included in the room rate, along with an extensive breakfast buffet. Hotel Director Konstanze Lange is responsible for the comfort of the guests, and is pleased to fulfill individual desires.
Gut Hermannsberg, A Vineyard Goes Down in History
Dr. Christine Dinse, along with Jens Reidel co-owner of Gut Hermannsberg since 2009, was fascinated by the historical artifacts that she found in the cabinets at the estate. Starting with this, she researched archives and offices all over Germany, interviewed eyewitnesses and collected documents. As a result, she composed the book Gut Hermannsberg, A Vineyard Goes Down in History, which goes far beyond the borders of the wine estate itself, describing in an exciting fashion world affairs, German viticulture, and a wide variety of authentic life stories from the eleven decades of the estate’s history.
Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube © Johannes Grau
Vormals Königlich-Preussische Weinbaudomäne
About Gut Hermannsberg:
Originally known as the Königlich-Preussische Weinbaudomäne, the estate was laid out and constructed in 1902 by the Prussian government – as a ‘model’ Riesling winery.
It is quite impressive for its picturesque location above the Nahe River (ninety minutes southwest by car from Frankfurt am Main). The thirty hectares of the historic estate are all classified as Grosse Lage by the VDP. In 2009 Jens Reidel and Dr Christine Dinse discovered the estate and recognised its great potential. They acquired the property and decided upon the name Gut Hermannsberg, after of one of the best vineyards on the Nahe, also a monopole holding of the estate. The estate’s general managers are Achim Kirchner, Jasper Reidel and Karsten Peter, who also serves as cellarmaster; together and with their team they concentrate fully upon the rich Riesling tradition of the estate, and thanks to the geologic characteristics and orientation of the outstanding vineyards, are able to vinify the finest, extremely impressive Rieslings. These steeply sloped sites – such as the legendary Kupfergrube, the monopole Hermannsberg and the unique Traiser Bastei – figure among the best Riesling sites in Germany and in the world. Achim Kirchner and Tobias Frick are responsible for marketing the wines, both in Germany and internationally.