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von Winning, Pechstein Riesling Grosses Gewachs, 2018

White Wine from Pfalz, Germany
$129.99

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Von Winning produces some of the finest dry wines in the Pfalz, if not all of Germany. Each wine, from an entry-level Riesling to the heralded Grosses Gewachs, is a microcosm of the Pfalz’s unique mineral profile, and of the fastidious winemaking at the estate.

Although the domaine was established in the 1860s, its fortunes rose in 2007 when Stephan Attman was appointed head winemaker. Stephan chose to abandon the stainless steel fermentation typically favored for Riesling and return to the old way of fermenting in wood, a practice that encourages structure and complexity.

V-W has vines in some of the most revered terroir in the Pfalz, including 8 different GG sites—no where else can you taste Riesling grown on such a diverse set of terroirs, including limestone, sandstone and volcanic basalt.

They are all fermented in large (typically old) oak barrels. The fermentation is long and slow, and the wines are aged on their lees for 1.5-2 years, producing a fascinating texture, simultaneously rich and ethereally fleeting.

The GGs of von Winning have virtually unlimited aging potential; there is a perfect balance struck between acidity, minerality and concentrated fruit.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 94
"Stephan Attmann's 2018 Pechstein GG "VDP. Grosse Lage" is super clear fresh and spicy on the elegant and fragrant rather citric and slightly oaky nose. Round and lush on the palate this is a fine elegant and very intense Pechstein with a salty-piquant and structured finish with a fine tannin grip and great aging potential. Tasted in Deidesheim December 2019." -Stephan Reinhardt

What importer Skurnik Wines has to say about this wine...

Region: Pfalz
Winery Village: Deidesheim
Grape Variety: Riesling
Appellation: Pfalz
Vineyard: Pechstein (Forst)
Exposition: S-SW
Soil: loamy sand, basalt, & clay
Fermentation & Elevage: Spontanenous fermentation in 500L barrels, left on the gross lees for 24 months
Classification: VDP.GROSSE LAGE®

Pechstein

The name of the Pechstein stems from the black basalt rubble that is found here together with weathered red sandstone, sandy loam and friable clay. The extinct volcano, Pechsteinkopf, which is seen above the forest, distributed large quantities of volcanic rock over the area in ancient times. For this reason, the subsoil of the Pechstein also contains several basalt veins. The basalt rubble that contributes to easy warming of this site actually does not stem from the site’s subsoil, but rather from an old stone quarry just a couple hundred meters away. As was common in the 19th century, the basalt from the quarry was distributed in the vineyard and ploughed into the soil to improve it. The 17.1 hectare Pechstein is located at 120 to 150 meters a.s.l. and has a gentle 6 to 10 % slope gradient. The clay and loam in the Pechstein contribute to the excellent water storage capacity of the soil.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Riesling

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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