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The German VDP winery Hermannsberg in Niederhausen (Nahe) is gradually changing the sale of its Grosse Gewächs from the eponymous Hermannsberg vineyard only after five years of maturity. Currently, the GG Hermannsberg 2016 has been released for the second time, the bottles of which were held back by cellar master Karsten Peter after production. According to a press release, the current 2020 vintage will not be released in full until 2025, as will the subsequent vintages. "The new rhythm needs a transitional period to settle in," explains managing director Jasper Reidel. "Nowadays, retailers, restaurateurs and consumers hardly have the appropriate storage facilities to give the wines the time they need," regrets Achim Kirchner, sales manager at Gut Hermannsberg. "If we want them to develop their full potential, we therefore have to hold these wines back on the estate until we consider them ready to drink."

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