Bischel Hundertgulden Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2020

46.00

Description

The grapes for this come from an old vineyard in the Grand Cru (Grosse Lage) Appenheimer Hundertgulden. Limestone rock and marl formed from the coral beds of the tertiary primeval sea characterise the soil here, the steep, southwest-facing slope with its high carbonate content allowing the grapes to ripen very slowly and produce wines with razor-sharp minerality and clarity.

The late harvest of very ripe grapes is staggered by hand, gently crushed in the winery and left to stand in their own juice, then fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks, and bottled in the summer after 8 months on the lees.

On the nose, sweet aromas of fresh peach and apricot are backed up by spicy components with a hint of tea and tobacco. The fruit intensifies on the palate, with mineral and earthy notes, dense and complex, and a long, sinewy finish with cool smoky minerality.

Decanting highly recommended to open this baby up!

  • Rich, complex, elegant
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2050
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Producer: Weingut Bischel

Brothers Christian and Matthias are the third generation of winegrowers at the Bischel family estate in Appenheim, a small village near Mainz in the northern Rheinhessen wine region. During the 60s and 70s grapes were grown to sell to bigger wineries but by the 1980s, Christian and Matthias's father Hartmut was bottling the wines under the family label.

The brothers took over from their father in 2006, changing a lot in the vineyards and cellar — reducing yields, working more organically, and critically moving to purer and drier wines in line with the modern market both domestically and abroad.

The focus is on Riesling and Pinot-varieties (Pinot Blanc, Gris and Noir), as well as possessing a big passion for Chardonnay. On 20 hectares they grow vines in four villages, the terroir dominated by limestone, quartzite and slate, or volcanic soils — "great conditions to do what we like to drink" according to the boys.

Wines are sorted by origin and classified according to quality. It starts with the VDP Gutswein, entry-level wines from different sides of Appenheim and Gau-Algesheim, the fruit mostly from younger vineyards. The village wines are VDP Ortswein, from selected vineyards that showcase the typical terroir of each village. VDP Erste Lage are from Premier Cru classificated plots, and finally VDP Grosse Lage for the Grand Cru vineyards, old vines which supply the best fruit each year.

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