Re­turn of the Rhein­gau

The 2015 vin­tage looks ex­cel­lent for Ger­man ries­ling, par­tic­u­larly dry ones from lead­ing sin­gle vine­yards in Rhein­gau. It could be the vin­tage that brings the re­gion, once the best for Ger­man ries­ling, back into the lime­light, says Stu­art Pig­ott, con­tribu

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au­gust Kes­seler rüdesheim berg Schloss­berg gg This is one of the finest 2015 Rhein­gau GGS. It’s the pu­rity and fi­nesse rather than the power that take your breath away. Aro­mas of mint, lemon balm and Thai basil are strik­ing. Al­though this is a se­ri­ously con­cen­trated wine, it tastes al­most weight­less and has a di­a­mond-like bright­ness. 95 points

Prinz hall­gar­ten Schön­hell gg The Amalfi lemon aroma of this wine leaps out of the glass at you and there’s also a del­i­cately flo­ral side. This con­cen­trated dry ries­ling tastes both suc­cu­lent and bril­liant, the acid­ity mak­ing the com­plex citrus flavours dance on the palate right through the very long, vi­brant fin­ish. Al­ready stun­ning, has ex­cel­lent age­ing po­ten­tial. 95 points

Schloss Jo­han­nis­berg gg Bot­tled only days be­fore the tast­ing, but al­ready a stun­ning nose of per­fectly ripe yel­low peach as well as many sub­tle flo­ral notes (camomile, hon­ey­suckle). On the palate, it is as el­e­gant as it is con­cen­trated, but only just be­gin­ning to show what it’s made of. The ex­tremely long and sub­tle fin­ish de­mands full at­ten­tion. Should age for decades. 95 points

franz Kün­stler hochheim hölle gg Al­though it is still very closed and the nose is quite yeasty, this is a wide-screen dry ries­ling with huge con­cen­tra­tion that’s also blessed with an up­lift­ing fresh­ness that gives the fin­ish a daz­zling clar­ity. It def­i­nitely needs a year or two to reach its youth­ful best, but it pos­sesses enor­mous age­ing po­ten­tial. 94 points

Josef leitz rüdesheimer berg Kais­er­ste­in­fels gg A moun­tain wine with wild herb aro­mas and high-al­ti­tude fresh­ness that make it stand out in a strong field. Only mid-weight, but enor­mous vi­tal­ity and ten­sion, with a very crisp lemon­min­eral fin­ish that is se­ri­ously long. 94 points

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