2012 Hattenheim Engelmannsberg
Grand Crus denote those wines from classified single vineyards that unmistakably reflect the influence of their microclimate and soil structure, and show especially high quality potential. Wines from these top sites are on a par with the finest international growths. In accordance with VDP guidelines, we use vineyard names only if the site meets the criteria for clasification set forth in 1999.
The producer is the renowned VDP wine estate Balthasar Ress. Founded in 1870 by the Rheingau Hotelier Balthasar Ress, the wineestate numbers among the large, family-operated enterprises in the Rheingau today. Consistently high standards of performance and reliability have been hallmarks of the estate since its founding. Today the estate is run by Stefan and Christian Ress, who represent the fourth and fifth generations of the founding family.
2012 was a record harvest – at least in terms of length. Never before in the estate’s 140 years did picking continue as long as this year. On 26 September we started, on 22 November we stopped. For the most part, we ignored must weights, long considered a primary measure of ripeness. Instead, we relied on the actual taste and condition of the grapes. There was hardly any rot; must weights were not nearly as high as in recent years; and the weather during the harvest was nearly perfect. The size of our crop was fairly average. It was simply a joy to monitor the condition of the grapes: healthy to the core, completely ripened – nearly perfect. Stefan Ress (or, as we call him, “our senior”…father figure) said he couldn’t remember having seen such beautiful grapes since 1990. The year began with unseasonably mild temperatures until there was a brief, but severely cold, period of winter weather in February. March was again too mild. In April, there was a cold snap, which led to the latest bud burst in the last decade. Things warmed up again in late April, nearly too warm, and May brought some record temperatures. Until the end of May it was drier than average. The weather in June was too cool and wet; blossoming was extremely prolonged. During the end of July and most of August we enjoyed true summer weather with high temperatures and ideal conditions for grapes to ripen.
The name Engelmannsberg derives from Engelmann of Hattenheim, a knight who deeded his wine estates to Kloster Eberbach in 1321. The soil consists primarily of loess, loam and Tertiary marl. The Engelmannsberg wines are full-bodied, usually spicy and very elegant.
The grapes are selectively harvested by hand and gently transported to the cellar in containers that can be emptied over the wine press, thus making it possible to completely dispense with crushing and pumping.
Fermentation takes place for several months in small stainless steel tanks after the musts settle.
Alcohol: 12.2% by vol
Residual Sugar: 7.70 g/l
Elegant, mineral notes with hints of yellow fruit aromas, juniper and distinctly spicy. Sweet fruit in the mouth, fine, lively acidity, herbal notes on the palate, very good persistence, great finish.
Grilled seafood, octopus with lime oil, fish or even a steak is well paired with this dry Riesling. Best served chilled at 12°-14°C.
2012 Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Riesling "Grosses Gewächs" GG
Wine Spectator called it one of the best dry German Riesling 2014 and together with various other crtiques this big, rich and spicy GG offers flavors of ripe apple and dried mango that feature plenty of toasty hints. Ripe lime and grapefruit elements chime in, leading to a finish filled with accents of tarragon cream. Unctuous yet balanced.
Only 3000 bottles were produced so get your share now!
2012 "Von Unserm" Rheingau Riesling
The practice of using “Von Unserm” to denote specially selected wines was started by Balthasar Ress, who founded the estate bearing his name in 1870. To this day the brand is still being used to denote the particularly fine wines, sparkling wines, and spirits of the house. ‘Von Unserm’ is a dry wine produced in a traditional manner and designed to meet expectations – it is the ‘calling card’ of the estate!
This fruit driven, clear and brilliant Riesling with a harmonious play of lively acidity and fruit. Citrus on the nose, with racy herbal flavours, apple and hints of mineral. Bone-dry style with a juicy finish.
2007 Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Spätlese
"Wine is emotional, vibrant, and captivating. Particularly, when it reflects its origin. Our wine is a "native wine.” It stands for everything that defines our vineyards in the Rheingau.” – Christian Ress
This slightly aged Riesling is rich and full with aromas and flavors of honey, almonds, apricots, peaches, lime and mango. It is a perfect match for spicy cuisine, fruits, aged cheeses and desserts with dairy, citrus or nuts. Drink Now!
2012 Hattenheim Schützenhaus Riesling Kabinett
This semi-sweet racy Riesling has a citrus fragrance and flavours of green apple. Light and fruitdriven with a touch of natural sweetness. It does fit well with grilled pork chops, lettuce wraps, lemongrass risotto, or coq au Riesling. Delicious also with sweet and spicy cuisine, poultry and salads.