One Fuder, Historic Site
2011 Keller Hipping R
Stunning Debut Bottle
"This beauty ought to reward at least two decade’s attention, which I predict will be rapt." -David Schildknecht
Niersteiner Hipping is a legendary, historic and impossibly steep red slate site.
Keller now has a tiny .5ha plot in this site that he purchased from Franz Karl Schmitt. Keller released his first wines from this in 2011, he bottled a GG and "R" from this site (along with a touch of BA.) Today, we focus on the stunning debut of Hipping R, a wine that's essentially a halbtrocken.
Hipping has a long, almost mythical reputation for producing epic wines. Franz Karl Schmitt's 1952 was served at the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
We opened a bottle recently at the store with huge expectations and it didn't disappoint. There's a serious intensity and acid structure with all the detail and rigor that you'd expect from Keller. The minerality is incredibly complex - the headliner is red slate's signature smoky minerality that's complemented by a saltiness and ground slate.
There's no use fanning the fire any further. We have less than a handful of cases and when it's gone that's it. We will likely have to allocate. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.
To order, please email us at email@example.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.
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David Schildknecht:"'With a bit of residual sugar behind it, Hipping is unbeatable," Franz Karl Schmitt told Keller, whose 2011 Niersteiner Hipping Riesling R – which won’t be released until spring – delectably illustrates that claim. 'I’m just thankful that I have enough Hipping for two Fuder,' notes Keller of his half-hectare (1.25 acres), 'so that I can bottle both a Grosses Gewachs and a wine supported by residual sugar.' (And from 2012 there is a mini-lot of Kabinett.) Luscious white peach, mirabelle and tangerine perfectly supported by residual sugar that is scarcely noticeable as outright sweetness are suffused with crystalline, smoky, stony, and saline elements that promote an invigorating and intriguing sense of dynamic interaction. Subtle bitterness of peach kernel, quinine, and nut oils adds counterpoint to a complex score that culminates in a reverberative and rich yet refreshing finish. This beauty ought to reward at least two decade’s attention, which I predict will be rapt."