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
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
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 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.
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)
2015 Kieselsandstein Riesling Stetten (BEUR24215A)
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 GG [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.
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.
2016 Herrenberg Kabinett [04 17] (GRUN20216A)
An absolutely magical Kabinett this year. If you like Òem old-style, then this is for you: it is lean and pure, there is dense gooseberry and herbal fruit and so much focussed minerality on the finish that it tastes dry.
2016 Brauneberger Kabinett [03 17] (HAAG06216A)
Spicy, soft and delicate, this shows delicious lemony fruit and drives to a brisk, mineral-laden finish. As ever, a most elegant Kabinett.
2015 Piesporter Riesling [12 16] (HARJ20215A)
From young vines in Goldtröpchen. Powerful and rich, this is an expressive wine with rounded pear fruit, a healthy dose of citrus in the form of grapefruit pith and lemon, and a vibrant, fine ripe finish. Drink 2017 - 2025
2015 Wintricher Riesling [13 16] (HARJ22215A)
Prolonged skin contact before fermentation gives a powerful rich wine, possessing both energy and elegance. There is plenty of pithy citrus fruit and a distinct smoky quality, along with well-defined cool orchard fruit. Drink 2017 -2025
2016 Piesporter Goldtröpchen [07 17] (HARJ30216A)
From 110-year-old vines adjacent to the Schubertslay vineyard. The grey slate gives an appealing creamy quality to the ripe yellow fruit, and there is lovely roundness and length. It is, however, very tight, and will need time to reveal its true glory. Drink 2019 - 2030
2014 Scharzhofberg Spätlese [09 15] (HOVE22214A)
The elegance is immediately apparent from the first sip. It glides effortlessly across the palate, leaving intense lemon, grapefruit and salty mineral flavours behind. Very moreish indeed.
2012 Kanzem Hörecker Grosse Lage [12 13] (HOVE70212A)
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