There is great joy to be had in acquiring something famous, special perhaps even iconic and sharing the moment with loved people. However, one of my big takeaway lessons being in wine for many a year, there is great satisfaction to be gained in finding something that is really quite excellent but (emphasis added) doesn’t cost the moon and thus offers brilliant value.
Enter German Riesling, with the summer on the approach nice sun, blue sky friends in the garden, picnics in the countryside and other lazy weekend type activity. I’ve long held the view that in such circumstances German wines are really hard to beat. Whilst most of the wine trade have been busily concentrating on the new vintage of En-primeur Bordeaux 2018 (as have we), we have also managed to secure some truly excellent Riesling wines!
Post the strenuous research... In the end, our shortlist of major winners whittled down to the following six wines. It is important to note, these wines are all from a new highly-skilled generation of winemakers, they are very contemporary in style and representative of their regional characteristics each with its own individual personality. They are extremely well-made and really good examples of how good German wines can be. All are top-quality top-producer, bone dry, crisp, refreshing (exception Selbach Oster Zeltinger Spatlese - off-dry) with lovely acidity.
8 cases (6x75cl) Schafer-Frohlich, Schiefergestein Bockenauer (Nahe) 2014
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £142.00
From Nahe known as a region for producing quality wines, winemaker Tim Frohlich has made his family estate one of the very best in Germany. This was the office favourite! The fruit is made from vines which are 30-40 years old and has a lovely pronounced flavours of melon and floral notes on the nose. The palate has ripe melons, mineral edge and nice grippy structure and weight.
4 cases (6x75cl) Peter Lauer Sconfels Fass 11 (Saar) 2014
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £192.00
From Mosel and small production (60,000 bottles) Peter Lauer main goal is to produce wines which reflect the origin of where the grapes where grown. Subsequently, he creates each parcel of fruit with different soil separately, even within the same vineyard. This is a precision wine, great body and depth of flavours, rich incredibly elegant grapefruit ripe pears and minerals and salty edge. Lovely long lingering finish. A classy wine indeed!
10 cases (6x75cl) Keller Von der Fels (Rheinhessen) 2016
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £129.00
Keller is one of the most famous names in German wine and has since reached levels of superstardom. His wines are highly sought-after across the world, his top wine the G-Max demands epic £££’s on par with the most expensive Burgundy Domaines! This Von der Fels is just beautiful, distinct petrol flavours on the nose with subtle grassy notes. The palate has a lovely textured softness and creamy structure, pineapples, soft nectarine and stony minerals flavours, amazing acidity which finishes this wine off with impeccable balance.
10 cases (6x75cl) Peter Jakob Kun Rheinschiefer Hallgarten (Rheingau) 2015
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £105.00
The Peter Jakob family have been making wines on their estate since 1979. In 2001 they converted to Biodynamic production abandoning herbicides, insecticides, anti-fungal sprays and cultured yeasts. They are considered one of Germany’s leading growers. On the nose, Green apples and petroleum, the palate contains pink grapefruit is rock-bone dry with lots of crushed limes, really good crippy edge and pronounced minerals, great acidity in abundance.
8 cases (6x75cl) Julian Haart Piesport (Mosel) 2016
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £216.00
Julian Haart has an impressive CV having gained his craft working uber famous Egon Muller and (above) Keller. He adapts his winemaking approach each season to his vineyards production. With this this, there is a yeasty geenyness and distinct petrol nose almost slightly vegetal notes. On the palate, ripe grapefruit wet-stones soft-textured and superb structure brought together with excellent acidity. A classy and act of precision, beautifully made.
10 cases (6x75cl) Selbach Oster Zeltinger Schlossberg Spatlese (Mosel) 2011
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £120.00
Grand Cru Johannes Selbach wines are without question at the forefront of the very top of Mosel wines. Mineral slight peachy flavours on the nose. The palate is medium bodied very soft and elegant, yellow fruit and limes grassy notes really lovely gentle mineral flavours, nice long finish. This is a beautiful wine and superbly-made!
8 cases (6x75cl) Great Summer Mixed Tasting Case
duty-paid, inc VAT @ £152.00
Contains - One bottle of each of the above wines.
Delivery central London @ £12.75 +VAT (up to 12btls)
Delivery Outside central London @ £17.95 + VAT (up to 12btls)