Von Winning, Deidesheimer Kalkoffen, Grosses Gewächs 2021


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Made from grapes grown on 65-year-old Riesling vines, this is one of the Grand Cru sites that Von Winning are so privileged and proud to be able to access.

This is a dense and creamy Riesling that is juicy and mouth-watering with ripe tropical fruits and clean-as-a-whistle acidity that makes you want more and more.

Set in ancient sandstone and limestone soils, this vineyard is on a plateau perched high above the village of Deidesheim, the home of the Von Winning winery. The wine is fermented in large, neutral oak vats and is aged for a minimum of 18 months before bottling. The hands-off approach in the winery is almost mirrored in the vineyard, but for he excessive care that the vines receive. Sure, no treatments, none of the preparations allowed under Organic viticulture: these are vines that are left to nature and though monitored and pruned, are left very much to do their best - just as they have done for centuries.

This is an historically famous and celebrated vineyard that has been maintained by its handful of tenants for as long as wine has been in this part of the world, which is nigh-on 1000 years.

The end result is a wine that will age and develop because of its sensational structure, minerality and the phenolic content that is latent in the grapes when they get to the winery. And they are only in such great condition because of the holistic approach of the Von Winning team. What a gift these wines are.

If you don't know wines from this winery yet, get to!

One of Germany’s longest-running wineries, Weingut von Winning was founded in 1849 and given a new lease of life by Achim Niederberger in 2007. Bringing on board winemaker Stephan Attman and, in time, Andreas Hütwohl, the project was one of clear and brilliant simplicity: the wines from Pfalz were some of the most famous and expensive wines available in the 1850s.

  • Why?
  • What were they like?
  • Why does no one really drink them as much any more?

The answers were fairly obvious:

  1. They were amazing
  2. They were amazing;
  3. They became sweet and mass-produced and lost all sense of terroir and authenticity.

The "New" Von Winning then was a clear plan to resurrect old winemaking techniques using the best grapes and single vineyards available, which, as it turned out, was fairly easy because the best grapes were quite literally on their doorstep. These wines then are fermented in large wooden barrels that are 1,200 litres in capacity and oval in shape, they are a traditional German barrel called Stücke, literally 'pieces'.

These have no oak flavour impact, but allow for the Riesling to be really expressive and lose the twangy metallic texture that can come from some stainless steel only fermented wines. As we've got to know them, the wines that they make from a dizzying number of different vineyard names have offered myriad views of Riesling through the same multi-faceted crystal.

Region: Pfalz

Country: Germany

Grape(s): Riesling

Style: Vibrant, Smooth, Pure, Profound, Iconic, Fruity, Fresh, Elegant, Electric, Complex, Broad, Bright, Balanced

Best food matches: St Stephen's Day, Shellfish, Seafood, Scallops, Pork, Lobster, Lamb, Game, Fine Dining, Duck, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Beef, Asparagus

Alcohol: 13%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.