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Immich-Batterieberg, Riesling Trocken Batterieberg, 2017

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The 12th century building on this estate was occupied by the Immich family from the middle ages until 1989. It was Carl August Immich who was responsible for the Batterieberg title. It refers to his demolition of the steep rock face Enkirch hillside by dynamite in order to make it (slightly) more hospitable to growing vines.

In 2008 after a stint at Von Volxem and Knebel, Gernot Kollmann and his partners purchased the estate and he took over the winemaking. The vines are some of Germany's most genetically diverse, from pre-phylloxera-own-rooted vines.

Vineyards are centered on the quartz and grey slate of Batterieberg, but also include plots in blue slated Ellerbrug, red slated Steffensberg and quartz and grey slate of Zeppwingert.

Cellar work is minimal with all wines allowed to ferment naturally without the additions of yeast and with only minimal sulphur. The wines are vibrant, complex and long lived.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 95
"From 80-year-old ungrafted vines on gray slate with quartzite soils in the upper terraces of the cru the 2017 Enkircher Batterieberg Riesling offers a super clear fine elegant crystalline and deep bouquet with the open heart of a Condrieu. The nose is fabulously aromatic intense seamless and textured! Lush and round on the highly refined and elegant palate the wine offers very fine tannins lingering mineral freshness and crunchy salinity. This is a beautiful Riesling that did not ferment fully dry stopping at 10.7 grams per liter of residual sugar. Gernot Kollmann wishes the wine would have fermented to fully dry but as always he didn't force it. However the wine is beautifully ripe lush and also balanced and will integrate its charming sweetness over the years. The sugar doesn't take anything away from the precision and terroir expression and will help the wine to age beautifully over at least a decade. I very much recommend this beauty. Tasted in March 2019."

What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...

The namesake vineyard of the estate, a Grand Cru created by blasting the toweringly steep cliff face to rubble in the 1840s. Grey slate, thin topsoil, perfect exposition, extremely old, pre-phylloxera vines on their original rootstock, and a legendary history makes this one of the living treasures of German wine. Hand-harvested and aged in barrel, like all of Gernot’s top wines. Released late.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2017

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

German Wines

Is there a better grape than Riesling? Is there a better value? Its fruit purity, its perfume, and its mineral nuance are all unparalleled. And for centuries, the top German Rieslings were priced accordingly: at least as expensive as the top red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But nowadays you could spend a lifetime exploring Germany’s great Riesling-producing regions while staying well within your budget. You might take an occasional break to try Germany’s other white grapes or perhaps a glass of Spätburgunder (the local name for Pinot Noir). It’s time to get started!

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