2015 Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Riesling GG (Grosses Gewächs)

2015 Hattenheim Nussbrunnen Riesling GG (Grosses Gewächs)

The Grosse Lage Nussbrunnen vineyard in Hattenheim has a south-southeast exposure. It lies well protected from cold northerly winds on the lower reaches of the slope, adjacent to the site Wisselbrunnen. Among the finest parcels of vines in the Rheingau. Its special soil conditions, e.g. deep, loam-less soils that guarantee an excellent water balance, as well as the prevailing micro-climate, are among the reasons that Nussbrunnen is such a top site.

Producer

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.

Vintage

The 2015 season began with a settled spring of warm weather. The summer brought record heat that persisted all the way to September. With the vintage teetering on a knife edge, perfectly timed and much needed dose of precipitation came in early September. The result: healthy, golden-yellow berries with 92°-100°+ Oechsle readings and sensational fruit aromas.

Vineyard Site

The Nussbrunnen vineyard has a south-southeast exposure. The name derives from a "Brunnen” or spring, that was once surrounded by nut trees. It lies well protected from cold northerly winds on the lower reaches of the slope. Among the finest parcels of vines in the Rheingau is the 1.6-ha/4-acre parcel within Nussbrunnen that is owned by the Balthasar Ress estate. Its special soil conditions, e.g. deep, loam-loess soils that guarantee an excellent water balance, as well as the prevailing microclimate, are among the reasons that Nussbrunnen is such a top site. Prerequisites that enable grapes to consistently yield top-quality wines.

Harvest

The grapes are selectively harvested by hand in several stages, then very carefully and gently transported to the cellar in 18-liter boxes that are manually emptied over the wine press.

Vinification

Spontaneous fermentation and aging take place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with as little exposure to oxygen as possible, in order to preserve fruit aromas.

Analysis

Alcohol: 12.50% by vol
Acidity: 5.90
Residual Sugar: 8.60 g/l
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling

Tasting Notes

“Wonderful yellow-golden color with a warm and elegant nose of super ripe fruits; the aromas remain naturally discreet, interwoven with darker, earthy and even some leather and tobacco flavors. There is a great purity indicated that is found again on the finish. The wine is full-bodied, round and complex, a long-distance runner with a ripe and elegant acidity and a long, nicely piquant finish. Its structure and perfect ripe fruit indicate a great ageing potential.” - 94+ Robert Parker | 93 Wine Spectator | 95 Weinwirtschaft | 93 Falstaff

Food Match

Our Rieslings are known for their balance of acidity and sugar. It’s their acidity that allows to encounter and woo a variety of difficult pairing partners. The acid allows the wine to handle hearty sauces, highend meats and even lighter fare like appetizers and even off-set some of the tangy flavors of ginger and lime in Asian fare. It pairs well with the likes of: Chinese food, Cajun cuisine, Tex-Mex (with cilantro), roasted pork, roasted duck or goose, seafood, Thai food and even salad dressings with vinegar.