(2022) Whilst I am reasonably familiar with the less expensive 'Von der Fels' Riesling from Rheinhessen's cult producer, Keller, what a treat to drink this single vineyard Großes Gewächs, a designation for the finest dry wines fron the equivalent of Grand Cru sites. Aromatically it has fabulous waxiness and ripe lime peel aromas, all flecked with leafy green herbs - dill maybe - but so pure. On the palate it is glacial, again that purity and ravishing mineral acidity, but that peachiness of the mid-palate gives sweetness with great elegance.
(2022) Little brother to the superb 2016 'Binger Quartzit', there's a family resemblance here without a doubt, and at half the price this has massive appeal: the electric frisson of the Binger is dialled back for sure, but it shares the classic purity and lime and lemon zest focus, offering a delightfully dry, filigree Riesling experience that is very satisfying.
(2020) A Trocken, or dry Riesling from Rheinessen, this opens with clear lemon and lime aromas, a little punch of something like quince or orange zest, and some floral notes. Though dry in the finish there is some sweetness initially, again more lime than sharp lemon, and a balanced finish of good acidity. Useful and versatile sipping wine, or for fish and Chinese cuisine.
(2020) Weingut Riffel is a certified organic producer, farming biodynamically, in the Rheinhessen region. This Pinot Gris, locally known as Grauer Burgunder, has just a smidgeon of residual sugar with 3.7g/l, but is ostensibly dry, though quite rich in style. There's something a little nutty or oatmeally on the nose over bold orange fruit, leading on to a palate with nuttiness and breadth again, but a pristine set of lemon and juicy red apple flavours, set against a fine acid framework, that teasing hint of sweetness just softening the finish into a savoury but juicy ending. Note that at time of review Savage Wines is offering wine-pages' readers 10% off any six bottles from three of their German producers, including Riffel. See New Wave Germans from Savage Vines.
(2011) Tiny honey and toffeed notes here, much more ripe and open than some, even a slightly oxidative note that is pleasing. Palate is peachy and exuberant, with apricot richness over a nice, mineral acidity.
(2010) A Rheinhessen wine at 10.5% ABV from young winemaker Charlotte Hess, who brings experience from Australia to the Gunderloch family's operation, and her influence might be behind the screwcaps across the estate's range. This QbA wine has stony, gently nutty, apple skin and pear aromas. The palate is nicely off-dry, with a lovely peachy sweetness and hint of that downy, soft character against really crisp, lime zest acidity. Long and beautifully pitched.
(2009) All about minerality, with nutty, slightly smoky and slaty aromas, that whiff of cordite. On the palate there's that zing and zest of pure lemon juice, but there's something here that hints at richness and fleshiness, with almost a creamy texture and weight. Complex and intriguing.
(2006) 'Villa' because of picture of the estate house on the label. Pale green colour. There is more of the minerality and herbal quality here. Grapy qualities and firm green apple fruit. The palate has more sweetness, with that herbal edge to really quite ripe, mouthfilling fruit, before the acidity comes through again. There's a firmness and skinny quality to this that for me slightly detracts from the purity perhaps.