2021 Weingut Von Winning Riesling Ungeheuer Forst Grosses Gewächs
Ungeheuer is a legendary vineyard belonging to the village of Forst. Giant wines have been produced from this plot for centuries and Ungeheuer is more than rightly a Grand Cru (Grosses Gewächts) vineyard. At von Winning they have an important share. At the moment, this domain has both an entry-level Ungeheuer Kabinett trocken (under the name of Dr. Deinhard), as well as this von Winning Ungeheuer riesling. From 2012, the younger vines are used for the assembly of the entry-level Riesling (no indication of vineyard), and the best selection goes to the Ungeheuer Grosses Gewächs, fully compliant with VDP regulations.
In the glass, the wine has a pale straw yellow color. In the nose wine is wonderfully fragrant, beautiful white fruit, apple, a touch of grapefruit, flowers, complex and seductive. In the mouth the wine has a wonderful elegance and finesse, broad and powerful. Nice acidity and fine bitters, with citrus and grapefruit. Complex and powerful, dry white wine. This amazing Riesling is only made in the top years and in very small quantities.
This scarce von Winning Ungeheuer Forst is a gastronomic high flyer. Delicious with fish dishes with a sweet and sour sauce, white mold cheeses & goat cheese.
Harvest Year 2015 - 92pt (Falstaff)
Vintage 2017 - 97pt (Decanter)
Harvest year 2017 - Gold medal (Decanter)
Vintage 2017 - 93/100 Suckling
Weingut Von Winning has changed name - and owner - several times over the years. It was founded under the name 'Deinhard', by Friedrich Deinhard (1812 – 1871) and his wife Auguste Jordan, after she inherited part of her father's estate, Andreas Jordan's, in 1848. In Deidesheim this is still spoken of as the "Jordan'sche Teilung", with the estate's vineyards being divided among his three children, a division that has survived to this day. The winery under the name Deinhard was continued by their son Dr. Andreas Deinhard, who in turn was succeeded by his daughter Emma, who ran the company from 1907 with her husband, Captain Leopold von Winning. Under his leadership, the winery enjoyed its heyday. It became a co-founder of the “Deutscher Weinbauverband” and the “Verband der Naturwein-Versteigerer”, an association that is today very highly regarded under the name VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). In this period the name of the domain was changed to "Hauptmann von Winning'sches Edelweingut". In 1918, the wine company became the property of Karl Josef Hoch from Neustadt an der Weinstraße. The Von Winning family did not allow him to use the name "von Winning", so it reverted to its old name: Dr. Deinhard. In November 2007, the entrepreneur Achim Niederberger became the new owner. He appointed Stephan Attmann as the new director. Within five years he managed to bring the three wine companies that had emerged from the "Jordan'sche Teilung" under one roof again. Not only did he own Dr. Deinhard, but also of the other two, Secret Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan and Reichsrat von Buhl, once owned by Andreas Jordan. He thus became the largest owner of private vineyards in Germany, with a total of 150 hectares. The three companies will continue to operate and develop independently of each other.
The total annual production is 250,000 to 300,000 bottles. The Riesling is by far the most important grape on the estate, with a planted area of more than 80% of the total of 38 hectares of vineyards. In addition, on the slopes of the domain we find pinot blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay, gewurztraminer and muscatel. Pinot Noir and a red blend are also made. Sauvignon blanc has also been in the range since 2008, because this grape thrives perfectly on the lighter soils of the region, with a high content of sand and gravel. The extensive planting of Riesling has everything to do with the special class of the domain's terroir. No less than 10 hectares of the winery are classified as 'Großes Gewächs', the German equivalent of the French concept of Grand Cru. The vineyards work entirely according to sustainable principles, everything focused on quality, so that perfectly ripe and aromatic grapes can be harvested. The young and motivated team is all about quality, helped of course by the investment power of Achim Niederberger. The pursuit of perfection is reflected in both the work in the vineyard and in the cellar.
Everything is done in the vineyard not to disturb the ecosystem of the vineyards, but to support it. The grapes have deep roots, so that they perfectly express the special character of the terroir in the wines. And as a result, they are also able to thrive perfectly under difficult conditions, such as extreme drought or heavy rainfall. They also do not suffer from a lack of water due to the undergrowth in the vineyard, a beautiful floral display in the summer. That is the way to work sustainably, and to ensure vineyards in which the natural balance is central. In the cellar, the principle of as little manipulation of the wine as possible is used. For the top wines we work with minimal filtration, natural and spontaneous fermentation and the omission of means to clarify the wine. This ensures wines with an authentic character, in an elegant style, that stand out from the crowd. The working method in vineyard and cellar therefore guarantees that wines are made here with a special character. Weingut von Winning stands for beautiful slim wines with a special appearance.
|Type of Wine||White|
|Winery||Weingut von Winning|
|Drinking as of||2025|
|James Suckling rating||100|
|Tasting Profiles||Aromatic, Floral, Complex, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, Tense, White fruit|
|Drink moments||Indruk maken, Lekker luxe|