2019 German Grosse Gewächse & 2018 Pinot Noir
2019 Dry Whites
Now and then a truly great vintage comes along, a year when all the elements combine to give wines of harmony, finesse and energy, wines that reflect their origins, that taste delicious young but also have the capacity to age. 2019 is such a vintage.
They are easy to taste: very precise wines where each element – the vibrant fruit, the juicy acidity, the pure minerality is clearly delineated and effortlessly integrated. Some are positively ethereal. They crackle with energy and a broad spectrum of fruit flavours: elderflower and blackcurrant, pear and white peach. Many show notes of fresh green herbs and spice - nutmeg and pepper. The acidity is ripe and lemony, and the mineral structure complex and fine, going from pithy and lean to broad dark earthy flavours, almost always with a distinct salinity.
2018 was one of the hottest vintages this century and created great challenges for growers. As you would expect, the reds are rich and muscular, with ripe forward fruit; nonetheless despite the heat, they are balanced and elegant and show clearly defined terroirs. They are opulent and fruit-driven, seductive and approachable, and display all the hallmarks of longevity.
These are some of the world’s greatest wines, and they offer excellent value.
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2019 Am Heiligen Berg [27 20] (DENG34219A)
Heavier soils with more clay in the limestone-gravel mix give an appealingly floral, densely woven smooth wine with bright citrus acidity, pear and peach fruit and a very fine delicately earthy long saline finish.
2019 Herrenberg GG [03 20] (GRUN10219A)
A lean, smooth, very fine wine with pithy citrus and juicy fresh green notes, plenty of salty flinty mineral flavours and a very long fine finish lasting for minutes.
2019 Abstberg GG [16 20] (GRUN11219A)
More powerful than the Herrenberg, with greater density and weight. There is a lovely juicy green freshness, ripe yellow pear fruit and a pithy, very fine ripe slaty minerality on the long finish.
2019 Juffer GG [24 20] (HAAG01219A)
The gentlest of starts: inviting, juicy ripe pear and yellow stone fruit, gradually builds in intensity as fine smoky dark mineral structure begins to appear, finishing on a long, perfectly balanced salty note. A harmonious, elegant joy.
2019 Goldberg [15 20] (KNEW42219A)
From a warmer site, with a higher clay content in the soil. A taut, lemony wine with a gentle elegance and purity. The fruit is very juicy and yellow, with a healthy dash of fresh green, and a chalky saline pithiness emerging as the wine builds in power to a long focussed finish. So much lightness and energy! A joy to drink.
2019 Hundertgulden [19 20] (KNEW46219A)
A vineyard of Mosel-like steepness with chalky loam soils on a limestone base give a deeper, richer wine with dense yellow fruit tinged with herbs, and more power and breadth. But it is kept taut by vibrant lemony acidity and a very fine saline pithiness increasing in intensity as it builds to a juicy finish
2019 Steinacker [18 20] (KNEW48219A)
An intensely herbal, densely woven wine with crisp lemony fruit and huge reserves of power. It is focussed, lean and stony, and as it unfolds there are hints of red fruit and fresh green flavours to offset the dark mineral core. It finishes on a long juicy fresh note. Quite outstanding.
2019 Grauburgunder Eichbuck [03 20] (KOCH30219A)
Lots of skin contact, but such is the fruit density that the phenolic element is noticeable only for its contribution to the energy and balance of this rich, fresh beautifully elegant and moreish wine.
2019 Ölberg GG [57 20] (KUHL34219A)
A finely textured, very smooth wine with seductive floral fruit and bright citrus notes, balanced by pithy salty grapefruit flavours. It is light, energetic and long.
2019 Kupp Fass 18 GG [18 20] (LAUE32219A)
Still, duty calls. No hardship when you taste something as good as this. Kupp usually needs time to show its best, but this one is very forward. There is still a touch of austerity: the minerality though fine, is powerful and very present, but there is an abundance of ripe fruit â?? juicy citrus, pears and spice to balance it. The finish is long and full of mineral heat. A quite outstanding effort that will run and run.
2019 Saarfeilser Fass 13 GG [13 20] (LAUE36219A)
A floral, almost musky nose of roses and citronella; on the palate it is soft, smooth and rich, there are green notes, and a lovely fine mineral seam on the long pithy citrus and spice finish.
2019 Ungeheuer GG [44 20] (MOSB25219A)
This starts gently, with smooth pithy grapefruit flavours, and then a burst of energy and intensity shows why the vineyard name translates as 'monster'. But the Mosbacher wines are always understated, and here the terroir is expressed in the most elegant way: It is vibrant, superbly balanced and subtle, with a silky stony minerality that builds to an effortlessly long finish.
2019 Jesuitengarten GG [45 20] (MOSB27219A)
One of the region's best vineyards gives an amazingly intense wine that is powerful and fine at once, with juicy yellow fruit, pointed lemony acidity and a silky smooth saline minerality that builds to a long, new oak-tinged finish. Quite outstanding.
2019 Himmelreich GG [29 20] (SCLI04219A)
With bright pure citrus, floral and white peach fruit, this vivacious wine is very much at the elegant end of the spectrum, finishing in a very fine long salty note.
2019 Juffer GG [28 20] (SCLI06219A)
A floral, seemingly delicate wine with gentle pear and citrus flavours, but underneath lies the fine, powerful dark slatiness of the vineyard, giving energy and length. This year there is added smoothness without any compromise of purity, and it is juicy and bright throughout.
2019 Stromberg GG [21 20] (SFRO76219A)
The steep rocky volcanic soils of Stromberg are the site of the estate's oldest vines, half of them eighty-five years old. A bad hailstorm in June reduced the yields by half, and the resulting wine is all the more intense, with smooth juicy ripe citrus fruit, white peach, and an appealing fresh grassiness. The finish is bright, pure and incredibly long.
2019 Frühlingsplätzchen GG [19 20] (SFRO77219A)
Hard red slate gives a very juicy, elegant wine with pronounced dark earthy flavours, notes of redcurrant and spice, and a firm fine citrus finish.
2019 Kupfergrube GG [17 20] (SFRO79219A)
Kupfergrube - on the site of an old copper mine - is a narrow strip of vineyard between the river and a steep volcanic cliff and has correspondingly little airflow. The rocks reflect and store heat, and the grapes have riper flavours even when they have the same must weight as those in other vineyards. This is broader and gentler than the Felsenberg, still tightly focussed, but with softer orange rather than lemon, red fruit notes and a fresh steely salty finish.
2019 Felsenberg GG [18 20] (SFRO80219A)
Felsenberg's position next to the river and rich soils makes its vines reach maturity quickly. This also means the vineyard is susceptible to fog, and as the damp air softens the grapes, it is crucial to harvest at the right moment. Wines made by other growers from this vineyard are often rounded and weighty, but Tim Fröhlich picks earlier, and draws out its most elegant aspects. There is power, and it is lean and taut, bristling with energy, pithy citrus and herbal flavours and a cool stony minerality, building to a pleasantly bitter finish. What a fantastic and exciting start to the tasting line-up!
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