Gunderloch Rothenburg Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2016

  • A super-elegant and filigree wine that is both deep and finely-etched
  • a very long pure finish that's as straight as a laser beam
  • 95 points Stuart Pigott -
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  • Stuart Pigott
    95 points
  • Michael Schmidt
    17.5 points

Editors notes

Fermented and aged 90% in oak (1,200-liter Stückfass), the 2016 Rothenberg Riesling GG has a clear, pure, deep and spicy bouquet that indicates great complexity and elegance. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, pure and very elegant Riesling with intense fruit, fine tannins and a long, intense finish. This Rothenberg is ripe, rich and lush but highly elegant, fresh and even finessed, with enormous salinity and a very long finish. Just 12.18% alcohol. This is a great Riesling that can age for 20, probably more, years. Great balance and complexity.
-Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate #233 (Nov 2017)


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Mineral
  • Palate
    • Chalk
    • Honeydew
    • Lemon

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Stuart Pigott

    "A super-elegant and filigree wine that is both deep and finely-etched with a very long pure finish that's as straight as a laser beam! Best from 2018."
  • Michael Schmidt

    "The Rothenberg never fails to fascinate with its intriguing combination of grapefruit and spice. Plenty of patience with the harvest has been rewarded with a successful alliance of sweet citrus fruit including mandarin, juicy acidity and generous body, but the icing on the cake, as always, is that fine dusting of sweet spices which gets the palate tingling."

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Germany is fully capable of producing some of the world's great white wines. One hundred years ago the demand for and thus prices commanded for the wines from the finest vineyards in Piesport, Morcobrunn and Rudesheim rivalled the best wines from Bordeaux. Largely due to the lack of government regulation into the quality of wine output, Germany over the past century became known for producing sweet sugar-water wines at cheap costs, flooding the world market. This has had a negative effect on the perception of German wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock German wines of high quality.

The Riesling grape with all its versatility is the main grape variety, and whilst many countries make Riesling, none can match the mouth-watering freshness and supreme delicacy achieved in a Mosel Kabinett from a top producer. Germany's dry Rieslings as a rule tend to be very graceful and elegant as compared to Rieslings from other countries, with an emphasis on finesse, not power. Standout producers such as Robert Weil make the headlines, but Donnhoff, JL Wolf, A Christmann and Dr Loosen are too worth seeking out.

Another most interesting contribution from Germany was Eiswine (ice wine), which until the 1970s was a freak of nature, though is now carefully managed. To produce Eiswine, parcels of vines are left out exposed to the frost, and although the production cost is astronomical they remain very popular. Robust Pinot Blancs and Pinot Gris are also produced in the whites and Pinot Noir, referred to as Spätburgunder is also grown.

The climate in Germany is, for the most part, cool, the exception being in the Pfalz and in Baden. As a result, vineyards are carefully selected with good sunlight exposure a must. For example along the banks of the Mosel River, vines are only planted on one side, as there isn't enough sunlight exposure to ripen grapes on the north-facing side.

Key regions include Mosel and Nahe where extraordinary Rieslings are produced.


Rheinhessen, Germany's largest wine region, has a long history of grape-growing on the Rhine River that dates as far back as the Romans. The region sits in a valley of gently rolling hills, where its varied soils and favourable climate enable the growth of many grape varieties – both traditional and emerging. Though Müller-Thurgau and Riesling are the two most planted varieties, red wine varieties – primarily Dornfelder, Portugieser, and Spätburgunder – now account for roughly one-third of vineyard plantings. Other varieties include Silvaner, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc. The area near the village of Nierstein produces some of the country’s fullest bodied Rieslings.

About the brand Gunderloch

Founded in 1890 by the banker Carl Gunderloch who was also the first President and a founding member of the Rheinhessen VDP. Our working relationship and friendship started in 1988 just a few years after Fritz Hasselbach took charge of the cellar. 1989 produced the first of a series of great noble sweet wines from the great Rothenberg vineyard in Nackenheim. Soon after the estate set records garnering perfect scores in 1992, 1996 and 2001 in the Wine Spectator – the only estate in the world to ever to do so.

The estate owns 95% of the filet piece in the great Nackenheimer Rothenberg which also includes the old Fenchelberg. The other Grand Cru vineyard is the Niersteiner Pettenthal; terroir in these top sites is red slate and clay in the Rothenberg and lighter versions in the Pettenthal producing more masculine and more feminine wines respectively. The Rothenberg Rieslings induce wonderful peach, apricot and spice aromas which carry over to the palate with an additional nuance of almonds and a powerful and persistent mineral finish. The Pettenthal Rieslings are more refined but also with a pear and apricot fruit but without the strong mineral drive of the Rothenberg.

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