On August 24th, I had the good fortune of dining with Agnes Gunderloch and Fritz Hasselbach of Gunderloch Winery in Rheinhessen, at Sooke Harbour House. I was lucky enough to meet them during a Canadian Governor General’s tour to Germany with Her Excellency, Adrianne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul in 2005 when we enjoyed a delicious lunch together at the winery. I truly enjoyed their wines that day and am convinced that Gunderloch wines are amongst the very best in the world.
Agnes Gunderloch and Fritz Hasselbach were here for the marriage of Anthony Von Mandl, owner of Mission Hill Winery. They were also in British Columbia because they are working on a joint project with John Simes, Winemaker at Mission Hill Winery, to develop a new style of riesling made from grapes from the Martin’s Hill Vineyard, located just down the hill from Mission Hill Winery.
The 2009 Martin’s Lane Riesling from Mission Hill, a single vineyard riesling, has been in the works for five years. This wine is structured, balanced, reminiscent of lemon meringue with hints of lime, green gooseberry, lychee, mineral dust, horehound, sweet woodruff and white currant. It is an ideal food wine because it exhibits medium acidity, medium body, is unoaked and therefore pairs well with many different regional foods. Sooke Harbour House carries this wine by the glass and is very happy with how enthusiastically it is being received by our clientele.
Agnes Gunderloch and Fritz Hasselbach are wonderful people who make extraordinary wine. Let us know what you think of the results of their Canadian-German collaboration and how you thought this wine went with your dish at Sooke Harbour House.
Sommelier Britta Giese, who has known Fritz Hasselbach for a number of years, comes from the same wine producing region in Germany. She organized the Hasselbach’s visit to our hotel and is also working on a Winemaker’s Dinner with Gunderloch and Mission Hill wines. Please check our website for further details on this event.