The Great German Tasting
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2014 SPÄTBURGUNDER 'S' [33 16] (BERN58214A)
Silky bright red-cherry fruit leads here, but there is a balancing tannin and a ripe acidity in this deceptively dense package, culminating in a long rich finish. Drink 2017 - 2023
2014 SPÄTBURGUNDER [32 16] (GRUN95214A)
Low yields of less than 20 hl/ha give perfumed floral red fruits with a hint of Grünhaus herbs. There is considerable density and finesse, and supple tannins with a hint of smoky minerality drive through to a very long finish.
2015 SPÄTBURGUNDER [33 17] (JULG70215A)
Densely coloured and aromatic, there are lovely cherry and darker fruit flavours that linger on a fine smooth finish. A lot of wine for the price. Drink 2018 - 2020
2013 SPÄTBURGUNDER 'R' [26 15] (JULG76213A)
Much more structure to accompany the pure red fruit. There is a silkiness, a juicy intensity, and lots of minerals on the long finish.Most of Johannes Jülg's vines are just over the border in France overlooking Wissembourg. The grapes for the 'R' grow in the clay soils of the Wormberg vineyard, which lends power and richness, and its north-westerly aspect keeps the wines cool and fresh. The fruit is juicy and pure and an elegant minerality emerges on the long finish.
2016 PINOT NOIR Herrenstück [13 17] (KOCH40216A)
There is fresh cherry fruit with a hint of cassis on the nose; on the palate it is smooth and fresh, with lots of energy, lightness and intensity.
2015 PINOT NOIR* [14 16] (KOCH44215A)
Rich and spicy, with cherry and raspberry fruit, this has good energy, an appealing density and a smooth long finish. Drink 2018 ' 2028
2016 SPÄTBURGUNDER [02 18] (SHEL20216A)
A seductive, aromatic wine full of crushed red fruit and spicy smoky notes. There is a fresh, playful note to this wine, and elements of smoke and spice to add complexity to the long fine finish. One of the biggest bangs your buck can get.
2016 PINOT NOIR [03 18] (SHEL30216A)
Made from small-berried Dijon clones around forty years old. There is sweet ripe morello cherry fruit, fine gentle tannins and a discreet frame of new oak, leading to a long fresh finish.
2014 PINOT NOIR [03 16] (SHEL30214A)
Made from small-berried Dijon clones around forty years old. There is great depth and intensity, polished silky red fruit and a lash of smoke and minerals on the long fresh finish.
2015 TSCHUPPEN SPÄTBURGUNDER (ZIER48215A)
A high clay content in the soil gives structure and an appealing juicy quality to the forward cherry fruit, and the finish is rich and long.
2015 RHINI SPÄTBURGUNDER (ZIER52215A)
A little iron in the soil gives an edge of salty spice to the rounded supple fruit, and there is lovely freshness and balance.
SAAR RIESLING CREMANT BRUT [09 14] (LAUE90212A)
Tastes as a sparkling Riesling should: fresh and vibrant with good weight and balance. The mousse is fine and gentle, and there is good length and power.
2017 CHARDONNAY (BERN18217A)
2017 AUXERROIS [06 18] (DENG06217A)
Bright and crisp, with a creamy roundness and a discreet mineral backbone thanks to a short maceration on the skins before fermentation.
2017 RIESLING [04 18] (DENG12217A)
A first hit of ripe yellow fruit is followed by greener flavours courtesy of some whole-bunch pressing; the acidity is brisk and integrated and there is a lovely fresh finish. A textbook example of Pfalz Riesling.
2016 AM HEILIGEN BERG [18 17] (DENG34216A)
From heavier soils with more clay in the limestone-gravel mix. This is opulent, smooth and powerful, but a considerable whack of acidity keeps it beautifully balanced. The finish is elegant and long, with a hint of mineral depth, which will become more apparent with age. Drink 2017 - 2024
2013 NORHEIMER DELLCHEN Grosses Gewächs [29 14] (DONN08213C)
Fine, bright lemony flavours mingle with piquant mineral notes that lead to a juicy long grapefruit-infused finish. Very pure.Fine, bright lemony flavours mingle with piquant mineral notes that lead to a juicy long grapefruit-infused finish. Very pure.
2013 NIEDERHÄUSER HERMANNSHÖHLE Spätlese [08 14] (DONN26213A)
Powerful and intense, with a burst of ripe golden berry fruit complemented by a superb mineral elegance. Effortless and long. Quite outstandingly good.
2011 OBERHÄUSER BRÜCKE Auslese GK (DONN37211B)
Very rich and sweet, with a ripe zingy acid streak overlaid with creamy botrytis flavours. Vibrant finish.
2017 MAXIMIN RIESLING [02 18] (GRUN02217A)
A lovely example of Ruwer Riesling: bright, fresh and with typical cool green herbal notes set against apple and citrus flavours.
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