Weingut Fitz-Ritter "Herrenberg Ungstein" Grosses Gewächs Riesling 2017
German Riesling has an abundance of information on its label, if you know how to decipher them, making for one of the most stringent wine producing countries in the world, dedicated to quality and integrity throughout.
Fitz-Ritter's G.G. single-vineyard Riesling is a perfect exemplar of the 2017 vintage: intensely ripe, fully-developed tropical fruit, melon, and a machete-slice of eye-watering acidity that jolts the senses. The finish is exotic, wild, and perfectly dry. A classic "G.G." Riesling to be sure. And, also like the overall vintage, painfully small quantities!
Grosses Gewächs – "G.G." for short – is the apotheosis of German Riesling. It's a designation that confers the equivalent of Grand Cru status on certain hallowed vineyard sites, produced by one of only 200 producers of a member-led organization, founded in 1910, that governs such wines. By law, a G.G. Riesling must be (1) absolutely bone-dry (not sweet!), (2) hand harvested, and (3) come from designated "Grand Cru" vineyards as listed on the label.
This vineyard, called "Herrenberg," is in the village of Ungstein, part of the larger Pfalz region; its reddish-slate soils make for intensely mineral wines.