In the cool heights of around 220 metres above the Doosberg, Kühn's section of the Hallgartener Jungfer is located. The soil is an accumulation of material carried down from the Rheingau Mountains, adding a high quartzite concentration to the natural loess loam. The vineyard is on a slight slope towards the south-east, which is slightly cooler than the Doosberg. The wine itself matures every year in the same Stockinger wooden barrel, which minimises the influence of the wood on the taste.
Captured in a medium straw yellow.
The Hallgartener Jungfer Riesling 2020 exudes a phenolic, extract-rich aroma and is reminiscent of hints of hops and tobacco, accompanied by sweet yeast notes. Floral peony notes lie above, embedded in the smell of ripe grapes as well as apples and apple peel. The bouquet is dense yet juicy and inviting.
On the palate, this noble wine is sensual, silky and juicy. It reveals a ripe fruit characteristic of apples, pears, some stone fruit and ripe lemon. Despite its creamy texture, the Riesling remains taut and firm and has a solid grip. The relaxed elegance of this wine is particularly impressive. While many Grosse Gewächse often appear sober and pure, the Jungfer is precise yet pleasantly full-bodied, full of juice and with excellent length.
Wine and food pairings
Try grilled sea bream with a sauce of yellow tomatoes, ginger and fermented garlic. Skewers of scallop marinated in lime soy sauce are also a great accompaniment. For a vegetarian alternative, I recommend baked asparagus, previously fermented in a sauce of buckwheat noodle broth and soy sauce.
Peter Jakob Kühn
Winery Peter Jakob Kühn, Mühlstraße 70, 65375 Oestrich-Winkel / Germany, organic certificate: DE-ÖKO-003