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Immich-Batterieberg, Riesling Trocken Escheburg, 2018 (750ml)

$39.99

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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 92
"The 2018 Riesling Escheburg is very ripe and floral on the nose and, due to the warm vintage, significantly warmer and more fruity than in previous vintages. However, the wine is seriously structured on the palate, where the generosity becomes finer and younger, revealing crystalline acidity and texture. This, again, is a bit more Alsatian in character but with the piquancy of predominantly ungrafted vines of four grands crus that make it into the Escheburg. This wine needs some years to gain finesse, but with the right dishes (cheese as well), this fruit-intense, salty-piquant and slatey Riesling with 12% alcohol will perform well today."

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

A blend of the remaining grapes from all single vineyard parcels: 80% ungrafted vines from Steffansberg and 20% ungrafted vines from Ellergrub and Batterieberg. Fermented in 1/2 stainless tanks and 1/2 barrels. Gernot does not make this every vintage.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied