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These Rieslings are dynamite!

”Hypnotizing power…Smashing through the boundaries…Cannot stop the battery…Battery is found in me…Battery!” The name ”Batterieberg” in Immich-Batterieberg is German for ”Battered Mountain”, not Battery, but every time I see the name I am reminded of this 1986 thrash metal classic by Metallica. Carl August Immich made the call to dynamite this 1.1-hectare hill between 1841 and 1845 in order to create terraces for the planting of vines. A few sticks of dynamite and little angels firing off a canon in the shape of a Riesling bottle (see image above) on the label all make for an old-school thrash metal song a somewhat appropriate soundtrack.

Dear Reader,

Weingut Immich-Batterieberg is one of the oldest wineries in Germany’s Mosel. It was purchased by the Immich family in 1495 from a monastery, and they spent the next 500 years producing traditional dry and off-dry wines. There was a change in ownership in 1989, which also lead to a change in winemaking style that ran its course when the estate filed for bankruptcy in 2007. It was in 2009 that Gernot Kollmann, backed by two investors from Hamburg, acquired Immich-Batterieberg.

Kollmann is widely regarded as one of Germany’s finest new kids on the block, producing some of the most compelling dry Rieslings in all of Germany. Indeed, since taking over, Kollmann returned the style of the wines to dry or off-dry, with any residual sugar present subject to the particular site and conditions of the vintage. The single vineyard wines are vinified separately in old oak barrels. There is minimal intervention in the winemaking process and sulphur is added in small amounts and only at bottling. In the vineyard, all work is done organically. About 80% of the vines at Immich-Batterieberg are over 60 years of age and are on their original rootstocks (i.e. un-grafted).

Outside of the single vineyard wines, there are three Mosel blends that are also produced. The ”C.A.I.” (named after Carl August Immich) is a blend of the bottom rows of Batterieberg and purchased fruit from un-grafted, organic vineyards. “Escheburg” is a blend of the fruit that doesn’t quite make the cut for the single vineyard wines. “Detonation” was the latest addition to this range of Mosel blends – produced from the top selection of grapes from the purchased fruit vineyards.

”…one of the greatest dry Riesling collections you can find in the Mosel. Highly recommended.”
Stephan Reinhardt for Wine Advocate

On offer today are a limited number of mixed cases. The first is dedicated to the Mosel blend Rieslings and the second to the single vineyard Rieslings – with both mixed cases also showcasing an array of recent vintages.

It has been a little while since we last had these wines in our cellar. This is largely due to the continued challenges we face with international shipping. As such, upon confirming our latest consignment of wine from Immich-Batterieberg, we looked to make up for the lag.

Please speak to your Account Manager about what you wish to order. Alternatively, click on the ”Order now” buttons below to send through your order request.

Mosel blend Rieslings mixed case

C.A.I. Riesling Kabinett 2021 x 2 bottles
Detonation Riesling 2020 x 2 bottles
Escheburg Riesling 2018 x 1 bottle
Escheburg Riesling 2020 x 1 bottle

R 1,915 per six-bottle case

Mosel single vineyard Rieslings mixed case

Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling 2018 x 1 bottle
Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling 2019 x 1 bottle
Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling 2020 x 1 bottle
Batterieberg Monopole Riesling 2018 x 1 bottle
Enkircher Steffensberg Riesling 2018 x 1 bottle
Enkircher Steffensberg Riesling 2020 x 1 bottle

R 895 per bottle

GD’s new range of wine-inspired t-shirts

Towards the end of last year, we completed the production of our first batch of wine-inspired t-shirts. There are more ideas fermenting away in our barrel-brains, but for now, please check them out on our online store. The below is particularly relevant to today’s offer.

Keep On Trocken
Grey t-shirt
(S, M, L, X-L)

R 395 per t-shirt