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Gut Hermannsberg, Nahe, Germany

“Like a Pheonix from the Ashes”

25.11.2011

The Gut Hermannsberg Wine Estate in the Nahe wine-growing region has been awarded outstanding ratings in Germany’s three leading wine guides. In the latest issues of Gault Millau 2012Eichelmann 2012 and Feinschmecker 2012, Gut Hermannsberg surpasses all of last year’s awards:

  1. Gault Millau: from three black “Trauben” to 3½ red “Trauben
  2. Feinschmecker: from 2½ “F” to 3 “F”
  3. Eichelmann: From two to three Stars

A high echo from the press over the past few months confirm the rocket-pace success of the Riesling wine estate Gut Hermannsberg.

Gut Hermannsberg Gut von oben ©Nils Weiler
Panoramic view from the vineyards on the Estate of Gut Hermannsberg in Niederhausen, Nahe © Nils Weiler

“Like a phoenix from the ashes, the former state winery has risen to be amongst the top ten estates in the region. The impressive debut 2010 vintage is more than worthy, as the dry Rieslings supersede the previous vintage, and you can taste that an outstanding wine has been produced from every single vineyard.”

Gault Millau 2012, page 501

The Gault Millau 2012 Ratings in Detail

2010 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling ”Großes Gewächs“ 90 Points

2010 Niederhäuser Hermannsberg Riesling ”Großes Gewächs“ 91 Points

2010 Traiser Bastei Riesling ”Großes Gewächs“ 91 Points

2010 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Auslese 90 Points
2010 Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Auslese (auction wine) 91 Points
2010 Niederhäuser Hermannsberg Riesling Auslese 92 Points
2010 Niederhäuser Hermannsberg Riesling Eiswein 95 Points
90-94: Excellent
95-99: Outstanding

The Shooting Star

Dr Christine Dinse and Jens Reidel are the owners of Gut Hermannsberg, and feel greatly encouraged to continue on their successful path. Their thirty hectare estate is planted exclusively with ‘Erste Lage’ vineyards, as classified by the VDP, which coupled with their dedicated and talented team under Managing Director Oliver Müller and the gifted winemaker and Winery Director Karsten Peter, the goal is to bring the estate back to its former glory and to be on the right track to take the wine-growing region up to the pinnacle of success in Germany.

It proves that the first successes are based on the efforts of those, who have a natural talent for nurturing the Riesling variety. Riesling is the leading variety at Gut Hermannsberg, and it accounts for virtually all planted vines. Here, Riesling is produced in an individual style that reflects the Nahe wine-growing region; it is fresh, fruit-driven with supportive acidity and elegance. A Weißer Burgunder (Pinot blanc) rounds off the portfolio of wines perfectly.

Team Gut Hermannsberg from left: owner Jens Reidel and Dr. Christine Dinse and cellarmaster Karsten Peter © Uwe Schiereck

The outstanding quality of the wine is down to the highest concentration in the quality of work in the vineyards

The 2009 vintage roused the attention of wine experts. By the time the 2010 vintage was released, the impact of the estate was massive, and based on the challenging weather conditions during early summer, many were talking of 2010 being a difficult vintage. What makes this success exceptional however, is that Gut Hermannsberg has been awarded a higher accolade of ratings for all its wines, despite the challenging vintage. During the growing season, Karsten Peter and his team were able to achieve a high quality of wine through painstakingly exact and consistent management in the vineyards. If the efforts of the Gut Hermannsberg team is anything to go by, then this is very much the beginning of much more to come. This wine estates has a wealth of opportunities to strengthen in the coming years.

Current Echo from the Press

The success of Gut Hermannsberg is no secret to wine journalists. Over recent months, there has been a chorus of praise throughout the wine press. Please find a brief selection below:

“And with the 2010 vintage, Gut Hermannsberg keeps it up and presents a consistent range of wines, that are precise, fresh and fruit-driven. The portfolio is led by three Großen Gewächs (first growth) wines; especially like the Bastei Riesling, along with a wonderfully noble sweet series with Eiswein and the Hermannshöhle-Auslese right at the top. A superb collection of wines from what was a challenging vintage. Bravo!” *** Eichelmann 2012, page 370

“Congratulations! The estate of the former Royal Staatsdomäne in Niederhausen has earned top ratings with the 2010 vintage collection. Three Rieslings convinced us at the tasting; the light-bodied, yet lively and dry Qualitätswein trocken, as well as both ’Großen Gewächs’ (first growth) wines from the Traiser Bastei vineyard (not too soft, great grip) and the Niederhäuser Hermannsberg (complex Riesling bouquet, great extract and vibrancy). Winery Director and oenologist Karsten Peter also has wines from further (VDP) classified vineyard sites in Niederhäuser Kertz and Kupfergrube. Another recommendation is the Spätlese “Erste Lage” from the Steinberg, with its elegantly fruit sweetness. The former Director’s residence is now a guest house that offers seven tastefully furnished rooms for overnight accommodation. Wines are served by the glass in the estate from May to September. A selection of Sekt is also available.”, Feinschmecker Winzer & Weine in Germany, Guide 2012, page 137

“Fine, elegant, beautifully composed and finely integrated, delicate fruit and refined mineral characters, enticing aftertaste.“, 91-92+ Points Niko Rechenberg on the Riesling Kupfergrube Großes Gewächs, Wein & Gourmetwelten, 05.09.2011

“Mineral, ripe pineapple, apricot, lemon balm; salty, juicy, great”,  92 Points
Sascha Speicher on the Riesling Kupfergrube Großes Gewächs, Weinwelt, 10.11.2010, page 48

“Very mineral, touch of smoke, highly elegant, superb balance, great fun”, 91 Points
Jens Priewe on the Riesling Traisen Bastei Großes Gewächs (www.weinkenner.de), 03.10.2011

“Whoever is interested in wine has surely read about the historical wine estates in France and Italy, that have been revitalised back to their former glory by their new owners. Similar stories remain uncommon in Germany, yet Gut Hermannsberg in Niederhausen on the Nahe is a prime example… A German wine legend returns.”
Stuart Pigott, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), 19.06.2011, page 100

Gut Hermannsberg Flaschenfoto Großes Gewächs 2009 ©Gut Hermannsberg
Hermannsberg, Großes Gewächs Riesling dry
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