The Gut Hermannsberg GG’s satisfy wine critics, journalists, sommeliers and retailers from all over the world who already obtained a comprehensive overview of Germany’s latest top wines at VDP’s traditional GG preview in Wiesbaden at the end of August.
James Button | decanter.com
Gut Hermannsberg, Hermannsberg Riesling, Grosses Gewächs, Nahe 2015
Originally founded by the Prussian state in 1902, this winery was given a new lease of life in 2010, rechristened as Gut Hermannsberg. It is one of only a handful of producers who releases its Grosses Gewächs later than necessary, this 2015 being released one year later than most, on 1st September 2017. Hermannsberg is a steep, south facing six hectare vineyard in the village of Niederhausen in the Nahe region. It’s stony slate and clay soils have a significant marine fossil content. This wine is clearly young, but still has plenty of character – a minerally, citrus and baked apple nose leads into a fairly full palate with rich hints of honeyed stone fruits balanced by a fresh lime zest acidity and a soft waxy feel. There’s a good level of intensity on the finish, with a delightful honey note. Matured in a combination of stainless steel and 600 litre barrels. 91
Claude Kolm | thefinewinereview.blogspot.de
VDP GG Tasting 2016 — Nahe Part IV: 2015 GG’s from Gut Hermannsberg
As I indicated in my introduction to the 2016 VDP GG Preview, Gut Hermannsberg has been one of the “early adopters” of the trend to hold back GG wines an extra year before releasing them, a practice that many of us heartily endorse. These wines show very good quality, as well as potential to improve still more with time.
2015 (Traisen) Bastei Riesling GG Good minerality, some red fruits, medium-light body. 92/A
2015 (Niederhausen) Hermannsberg Riesling GG Spicy melon fruit, some roundness. good depth. 92+/A
2015 (Schlossböckelheim) Kupfergrube Riesling GG Peach, rose nose. Round, medium-weight, rose, some mineral. 92/A
2016 (Schlossböckelheim) Felsenberg Riesling GG Melon nose. Melon flavors with some acidity. Good length. 91+/A-
2016 (Altenbamberg) Rotenberg Riesling GG Medium-light, creamy texture, some lemon, still rather closed. 90(+)/B+
2016 (Niederhausen) Steinberg Riesling GG Some minerality, medium-weight, good penetration, some creaminess, apply fruit. 91(+)/A-
Stuart Pigott | Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) | 29.10.2017
Wine in a holding pattern Some wines you’ve got to wait for, but it’s worth it, according to Stuart Pigott.
Even if a wine cannot be young enough for some consumers, most winelovers have become accustomed to the fact that the good white wines will first appear on the market from six months to almost a year after the harvest, and good red wines take some two years to hit the shops. (…) In truth, giving them enough time is the best available method for vinifying fine wines. We have a certain degree of patience with this fact of life where red wines are concerned, but a great white wine as well will develop slowly in the cask, which may well demand more than a year’s time. For this reason, many upper echelon German wine estates have made the decision to give their best dry wines the time that they need, and to first release them some two years after the harvest. Gut Hermannsberg in Niederhausen on the Nahe is one of the more important ones in this regard. (…) The effectiveness of this approach is clearly proven by the estate’s three Riesling GGs from the 2015 vintage. The Hermannsberg GG is the most approachable and also the most elegant, with a sublimely refined aroma of citrus blossoms and enormous depth for a dry Riesling with only 12.5% alcohol. (…) And what do consumers thing of this? The demand for matured dry Rieslings is slowly growing. With collectors and in the wine bars, this trend will certainly be a welcome one.
The Nahe quite reliably delivers an entire array of top-quality wines. Most of them have fermented spontaneously on their autochthonous yeasts, and are called ‘Spontis’ – sometimes a bit difficult to evaluate at early stages of their evolution. Here, it was difficult to choose a favourite. (…) Gut Hermannsberg is (…) famous for its consistent and very high level of quality. The best wine here was the 2016 Rotenberg GG (92+), a vibrant wine with lovely depth and warmth.
Marcus Hofschuster | wein-plus.de
Felsenberg: Gut Hermannsberg – finely juicy, still showing its yeast; pure, direct and pithy; mineral-driven with herbal and soft light-coloured floral tones and lovely length. Only now a little bit shy – patience will pay off.
Handwriting – A series of sometimes very divergent styles crystallize ever more clearly. (…) The third variant is the spontaneously fermented wine, (…) In most cases the abandonment of inviting primary fruit is accepted in favor of the structure and texture of the wines. Whether or not the character of origin is supported by this variant, is being contrary discussed. Heymann-Löwenstein, van Volxem, Wittmann, Battenfeld-Spanier, Gunderloch, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Rings, Joh. Bapt. Schäfer and Gut Hermannsberg are outstanding examples of this style.
The wine regions – (…) At the Nahe, the “Big Five” met the high expectations: Schäfer-Fröhlich, Emrich-Schönleber, Schlossgut Diel, Dönnhoff and meanwhile also Gut Hermannsberg have to be count to this illustrious circle.
‘The Nahe – for years now this region has offered a dependable and above all very solid standard of quality. And it‘s lovely to see Gut Hermannsberg once more among the élite. ‘Rotenberg’ and ‘Hermannsberg’ turn out to be complex and extremely well concentrated Rieslings with an invigorating, inviting texture, delicate tartness and corresponding potential for development. ’
‘The ROTENBERG from Gut Hermannsberg reminds me of the wines from von Buhl in the Pfalz. I know that this can’t really apply, but the comparison keeps coming back to me. The wine feels very dry, and dominated by its acidity. Sharp as a razor. If that’s your style, you’ve come to the right place! The STEINBERG, by contrast, is the softer example from Gut Hermannsberg. Almost literally a ‘softie’. Quite caressing and very pleasant.’
Michael Hornickel | Meininger’s Weinwelt 6/2017 | Weinguide_Weine vom Porphyr
NAHE RIESLING | 93 | 2016 Gut Hermannsberg Steinberg Riesling GG trocken, 12,5 % vol. Has everything a great wine needs, juice, extract and contours without too much alcohol content, is also still saline (…) like pink salt, tart and infinite length; despite the fact that it has a mature fruit, this wine has a great potential. A true success.
‘I was most impressed with the Nahe. Of course, some folks fancy the fresher and more subtle Rieslings, but I got a great deal of enjoyment out of these wines, thanks to the concentration and complexity that they exhibited.’
Gut Hermannsberg, Traiser Bastei 2015 Bright yellow with green highlights. An expansive bouquet, spicy and fruity with hints of white pepper, saffron and acacia blossom. Of course the fruit comes through as well, with plenty of peach. One the palate the wine is juicy and racy. The structure shows grip and supports the fruit beautifully. There’s a slightly tart finish, which serves to reinforce presence and length. A very interesting and complex wine; makes me curious to see how it develops. 2019–2041 93–94/100
Wolfgang Faßbender | bellevue.nzz.ch
The best German Rieslings of the 2016 vintage 2016 are wines for ages …
‘Concentration, acidity and finesse will guarantee many years of development for the best 2016ers.’
‘The Nahe is doing an excellent job, (…) Anybody who has yet to put their money down for the 2016 vintage will be glad of the increasing number of “late release” wines that are just coming on to the market from the preceding vintage. Some of the finest 2015ers are just now being released.’
Wolfgang Faßbender | wein.com
Rather big vintage wines (Part 2)
‘The Nahe has done it again – mediocre Rieslings on the Nahe? That is just plain impossible! You can pick a good one with your eyes closed, and this has been true for several years. (…) And on no account should anybody underestimate Gut Hermannsberg. The Rieslings from this reawakened estate are (…) very pure of expression, fine and beautifully sculpted. Rieslings for connoisseurs, with the Rotenberg at the top of the list.’
‘With their very fine 15er Bastei (and 97+), Hermannsberg is rather at a disadvantage… But the magnificently fine and complex 15er Hermannsberg (with an even 100 points), and the frisky, powerful and elegant Kupfergrube (98–100) more than make up for it. The best job ever, it occurs to me, at bringing such a powerful vintage as 2015 so endlessly refined and elegant into the bottle. Two years in cask have done the trick – congratulations to Karsten Peter. Even the more modest GGs from 2016 – Steinberg, Felsenberg and Rotenberg – have impressed me, with two 96s and a 95-pointer.’