Ah! The prima ballerina of Rheinhessen. The precise footwork, elegant gait, and undeniable presence. Usually, she takes centre stage, but tonight, the king of Nierstein has decided to make a forceful announcement during her grand performance - "I will dance instead, and you will love it!" :)
We thought that drinking the 17' Hipping first was a good idea. In hindsight, I'm not even sure why, especially given how the Abtserde was totally eclipsed by it. Nevertheless, the 14' Abtserde was still a great expression of riesling
For me, Absterde is usually the most filigreed and electric of KP's vineyards, but this time, it was showing a more breadth than the typically weightier Hipping. Very powerful with exotic fruits dominating, set on a backdrop of herbs and spice. Concentrated, but in the same vein as the 17' Hipping - new KP in my eyes. I can see why some would prefer KP's older vintages compared to this, which are seemingly more extracted. There's a mineral drive and acidity which really dances on the palate. Admittedly, this finishes a touch hot but nothing to detract from the sheer energy of this wine. It needs time to bring it more balance and finesse I feel. — 11 days ago
I LOVE this wine. It’s is super tart and acidic, but balanced with rich and ripe fruit flavor. — 6 days ago
In the presence of the 17' Schönleber AdL, there should not have been another riesling that outclassed it during the night... But then this appeared. Young as it may be, KP's Hipping approaches perfection. Dumbfounding!
I think Jean and David at MFW described this perfectly, so I'll just leave it here:
This 2017er Niersteiner Hipping GG delivers a beautiful nose where reductive elements including minty herbs, smoke, bacon and needle provide the frame for some glorious scents of grapefruit, tangerine, candied lime, fresh almond and coconut. The wine has the purity and lightness of mountain water yet its complexity and density on the mid-palate are just stunning. One can feel the intensity from the high levels of dry extracts but these are magnificently wrapped into spicy and salty elements. The length and impact in the finish are stunning. The after-taste seems to last for minutes. The wine is almost painfully dry at this stage, but the sheer freshness, intensity and complexity are simply breathtaking. This grandiose expression of dry Riesling may well turn into wine perfection in a decade: It is THAT impressive! — 11 days ago
Not to be harsh, but this was the underperformer of the blind tasting. As said in my previous notes, I reckon I would have gravitated towards this wine if it wasn't done blind. It wasn't a bad wine - I just expected a little bit more.
Nose was very closed. Just smoky and wild. Could have guessed this correctly if producer was an option I felt, since it had the deepest cut of the lot (pretty typical of Daniel's wines). To me the palate was a little less ripe - mix of citrus and stonefruits, sappy, laser precision. Good driven finish, but felt a little less complex than the rest at the moment. I liked this wine for its energy (the most of the lot), but it could have given more. Overall, the wines in this bracket were all showing very well - all wines I would buy for my cellar if I had more space. — a month ago
Last had this almost a year to the day. Gorgeously mineral and deep nose. So elegant. Pineapple, apple, sweet Meyer lemon, super mineral. Gorgeous perfume. Palate is round and so deep with wonderful almost spherical mouthfeel. Lovely lemony and melony finish with a bit of opulence and palate staining minerality. Outrageous. Fleshy fruit on the mid palate and terrific concentration. Drinking well but has 10 more years ahead of it. — 14 days ago