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Anton Finkenauer Kreuznacher Riesling QbA trocken 2015 (1x 75cl)

In 1925 the winery of Anton and Carl Finkenauer was split as the two brothers wanted to go their own way. Since then there have been two wineries with the same name situated just a few metres away from each. Weingut Anton Finkenauer is a family company offering well made and attractively priced wines with an annual volume of 60,000 bottles.

The grapes were cool fermented to retain the fruity character with a good balance of acidity.

100% Riesling.

The wonderful balance between sugar and acidity found in this wine, makes it a good example of the wines from the Nahe region. A young, dry, streamlined and fruity wine with just a hint of refreshing spritz on the palate. The perfect accompaniment to seafood, particularly oysters, green Niçoise salads and creamy Camembert.

£9.90

Dreissigacker Organic Estate Riesling 2014 (1x75cl)

Jochen Dreissigacker has caused a considerable stir both in his native Germany and abroad, winning high praise and points wherever his wines are sold. His 21 hectares of vineyards are based in the Rheinhessen which is currently undergoing what might be termed a 'Rheinhessen revival' with Jochen at its forefront. From the 2010 vintage, Jochen's wines all have organic certification and he also uses Biodynamic methods for much of his estate (although has chosen not to be certified). He reduced the yields in the vineyard and identified the best parcels of vines in order to vinify each separately. As expected of an organic estate, his approach in the cellar is as natural as possible, using only wild yeasts to ferment the must and harvesting only fully ripe grapes (rather than chaptalising, or adding 'süss-reserve' to sweeten the wines after vinification for the Auslese styles).

Jochen's approach in the winery is simple: to intervene as little as possible. Low yields and careful selection in the vineyard ensures excellent fruit. The estate has 21 hectares under vine, 55% of which are Riesling. Soils are a mix of loess and marl.

Due to warm, damp weather, vintage 2014 was a challenging one. Bud break started in early April during a warm, dry start to spring. The flowering period was slightly earlier than average, with great weather providing a good fruit set. An overabundance of rain in July and August (three times the normal amount in some areas) resulted in prolific growth in the vineyards, requiring a lot of canopy management. Despite all the wet weather, the grapes stayed healthy with good must weights. A perfect start to September took an unexpected turn right before harvest, and rain forced the picking to be done very quickly, with most fruit at the winery by the end of the first week of October. Quantity was on par with the ten-year average, and quality was very good thanks to attention to detail and hard work in the vineyards.

The grapes were harvested by hand and the yield was 48 hectolitres per hectare. Maceration lasted up to 18 hours. 90% of the juice underwent spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks for four weeks at 16-18°C, with the other 10% in barrel. No chaptalisation took place and no 'süss-reserve' was added.

A clear, pale lemon wine. Spicy and fresh, with a lovely minerality on the nose. The very dry 2014 Riesling shows well integrated acidity and finishes with mouthwatering grapefruit flavours.

£13.65

Dreissigacker, Morstein Rheinhessen Riesling 2014

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2019 edition article on Germany's Rheinhessen region (see blue link below).

Dreissigacker, Morstein Rheinhessen Riesling 2014 - August 2019 Decanter review

Jochen Dreissigacker has caused a considerable stir both in his native Germany and abroad, winning high praise and points wherever his wines are sold. His 21 hectares of vineyards are based in the Rheinhessen, which is currently undergoing what might be termed a 'Rheinhessen revival', with Jochen at its forefront. From the 2010 vintage, Jochen's wines all have organic certification and he also uses biodynamic methods for much of his estate (although he has chosen not to be certified). He reduced the yields in the vineyard to gain better concentration of flavour in the grapes and identified the best parcels of vines which he vinifies separately. As expected of an organic estate, his approach in the cellar is as natural as possible. He uses only wild yeasts to ferment the must and harvests only fully ripe grapes (rather than chaptalising, or adding 'süss-reserve' to sweeten the wines after vinification for the Auslese styles).

Dreissigacker has 1.2 hectares of 40-year-old vines in Morstein, the most prestigious vineyard site in Westhofen, with a great reputation for wines with fantastic ageing potential. The soils are clay-marl on a limestone subsoil and the vineyards are on a south-facing slope at altitudes of 180- 230 metres above sea level. Due to this relatively high altitude for the Rheinhessen and the vineyard’s exposure to cooling breezes, the grapes undergo a slow ripening process and retain the backbone of acidity which enables them to age so gracefully.

Due to warm, damp weather, the 2014 vintage was a challenging one. Budburst started in early April during a warm, dry start to spring. The flowering period was slightly earlier than usual, with great weather facilitating a good fruit set. An overabundance of rain in July and August (three times the normal amount in some areas) resulted in prolific growth in the vineyards, requiring a lot of canopy management. Despite all the wet weather, the grapes stayed healthy and achieved good must weights. A perfect start to September took an unexpected turn right before harvest, and rain forced fast picking to ensure the grapes were in by the first week in October. Quantity was on a par with the ten-year average and quality was very good, thanks to attention to detail and hard work in the vineyards.

The Riesling grapes were macerated on the skins for up to 60 hours prior to fermentation, this ensured maximum extraction of the aromas and flavours from the grapes. The must was then fermented with natural yeasts, 70% in 1200 litre oak barrels and 30% in stainless steel. Following a period of lees ageing, during which the wine gained further complexity, the 2014 vintage was bottled in September 2015.

100% Riesling.

A bright straw yellow with hints of gold. Intense and lifted aromas on the nose with a lean fruit character. The palate is extremely concentrated with a great acid balance and an attractive steeliness. The finish is complex, elegant and very long. This wine is drinking beautifully now but also has great potential to age for at least a further 15 years.

£48.35

Furst von Metternich Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Silberlack Rheingau 2017 (1x 75cl)

Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)

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Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in August 2018 (see blue link below)

Furst Von Metternich Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Silberlack Rheingau 2017 - July 2018 Decanter review

The legendary Schloss Johannisberg is steeped in history. The vineyards were planted on the orders of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Planted solely with Riesling grapes in 1720, Schloss Johannisberg was the world's first Riesling Estate and plays a significant part in wine history. It was here in 1775 that the Spätlese quality was discovered using late picked grapes suffering from "noble rot". Following this discovery, in 1787 the estate gave Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese to the wine world. Schloss Johannisberg is a single vineyard designation in its own right and one of a handful of German vineyards that does not have to display a village name on the label.

The south-facing vineyard is steep, with a 45° gradient and climbs from 114 metres above sea level to 181 metres. The forest on the top of the Taunus protects the vineyard from cold winds from the north, while in the south, the Rhine lays like a lake in front of the estate. The 50° parallel runs directly through the vineyard and the unique soil formation of Taunus quartz, topped with loam and rich loess, is perfect for minerally Rieslings, retaining both moisture and heat.

The grapes were handpicked from the steep, south facing slopes of Domaine Schloss Joahnnisberg in the Rheingau. These were pressed in whole clusters and fermented in old oak barrels for a period of six weeks. The wine was then left on its lees for seven months, adding complexity and weight to the wine.

This deep lemon yellow wine shows complex aromas of peaches and apricots, complemented by lemon, lavender, a hint of smoky minerality and an elegant spiciness in the background. Concentrated on the palate, with a mouthwatering acidity and a long, clean finish. 

£46.65

Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg 2017 (1 x 75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 Buyer's Guide to Dry Riesling (see blue link below)

Molitor Haus Klosterberg Mosel 2014 - Sep 2016 Decanter review

In 1984, at the tender age of 20, Markus Molitor took over his father's winery with a clear aim: to produce Mosel Rieslings under the name "Molitor" in the tradition of eight generations and in the same quality that made the region world-famous 100 years ago – terroir-specific, unmistakeable and extremely storable. Built at the end of the 19th century as a winery, and acquired in 1984 by Markus Molitor, the Haus Klosterberg estate has been restored to its former glory by extensive renovations between 2009 and 2012. With great affection for detail, using historical and modern materials, the estate with its new Vinothek is an architectural highlight among the wineries on the Mosel and has won several awards including the "Architekturpreis Wein 2013".

Molitor wines are fermented at low temperature and slowly over months. The wines are then left to lie for several more months on the fine yeast to give them bloom and depth – the accustomed full-bodied character of the "Molitor Wines". After a pause in winter, fermentation is ended as the temperatures start to rise in the spring. The wines are then left to lie for several more months on the fine yeast to give them bloom and depth – the accustomed full-bodied character of the "Molitor Wines". In contrast to fermentation with industrially selected yeast cultures, Markus Molitor employs spontaneous fermentation with only yeasts that are naturally occurring on the skin of the grapes, converting the grape sugar into alcohol. Numerous yeast cultures, each of which is dominant at different stages of fermentation, turn the sweet grape juice into delicious Mosel Riesling. The diversity of natural yeasts enhances the complexity of the wines and gives authentic expression to the terroir character. Another advantage of spontaneous fermentation is the lower alcohol yield.

The bottles are colour coded according to the taste category of the wine. Markus Molitor explains: "The off-dry wines have a grey-green colour like slate. We do not use the term "semi-dry", as "feinherb" or "off-dry" is the historical term for this style of Mosel Riesling and provides a much better description of the flavour profile of the wines."

This Riesling has fresh and herbal aromas, with racy acidity on the palate. Piquant but light, with juicy sweetness perfectly balanced with mineral notes.

£13.90

Paulinshof BJ Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Trocken 2017 (1x75cl)

This wine is from the famous Juffer vineyard which is on a bend in the river with perfect south facing exposure and iron-rich heat retaining slate. The vines are trained in the traditional Mosel manner with two shoots tied to a single stake, forming a heart pattern. Harvest is strictly by hand on the extremely steep slopes. The grapes are brought to the winery in small containers and gently de-stemmed, crushed and pressed. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Straw yellow with a bouquet of orange blossom and lemon rind. On the palate it is dry with powerful minerality, acidity and grapefruit notes. Long, spicy finish.

£22.75

Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2016 (1x 75cl)

This is classic Mosel Riesling with a fresh lemony fragrance on the nose. In the palate there is an amazingly complex balance of many different factors - fresh acidity and off-dry sweetness - slate driven mineral texture and low alcohol - fresh fruit and a deep oily complexity. Poise and depth.
£17.95

Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese 2014 (1x 75cl)

Pale lemon yellow. Minerals, lemons and a hint of classic Riesling hydrocarbon aromas on the nose. Beautiful balance of medium sweetness, playful but structured acidity and low alcohol. Very long finish. Very fine.

£23.80

Paulinshof Riesling Urstuck Trocken 2017 (1x 75cl)

Light gold colour with hints of green. Spicy aromas of orange peel and bergamot. Dry on the palate with expressive seam of minerality, herbs, gooseberries and rhubarb leading to a long finish.

£16.35

Weingut Knipser Mandelpfad Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2015 (1x 75cl)

Complex nose with the delicacy of white flowers, and the ripeness of passion fruit and pineapple. Powerful palate for a German Riesling with 13.5% alcohol, layers of texture and a beautiful filigree structure to the acidity, leading into a very long finish. The foods that complement this wine are fish, white meats and poultry. Would go exceptionally well with goose.

£32.55

Weingut Tesch Riesling Krone 2016 (1x75cl)

Established in 1723 Weingut Tesch is one of Germany’s most exciting producers, creating deliciously dry Riesling from five top sites in the Nahe. Turning his back on tradition Martin Tesch creates great wines for a new generation of wine lovers. Martin Tesch has abandoned conventional German wine labelling and colour codes each bottling of his dry Rieslings, which often undergo malolactic fermentation, to distinguish the different soil types that inspired them.

The Krone vineyard in the town of Laubenheim lies directly next to the Löhrer Berg. The steep southeast slope of the Krone is characterized by a mix of light and coarse soils from decalcified loess and weathered sandstone that gives its Rieslings a highly complex character. Dramatic temperature extremes due to the exposure to the westerly winds, most pronounced at night, give the wine a somewhat edgy disposition with a pronounced citrus aroma.

£16.90

Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Grunlack Spatlese Green Seal 2017 (1x 75cl)

The legendary Schloss Johannisberg is steeped in history. The vineyards were planted on the orders of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Planted solely with Riesling grapes in 1720, Schloss Johannisberg was the world's first Riesling Estate and plays a significant part in wine history. It was here in 1775 that the Spätlese quality was discovered using late picked grapes suffering from "noble rot". Following this discovery, in 1787 the estate gave Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese to the wine world. Schloss Johannisberg is a single vineyard designation in its own right and one of a handful of German vineyards that does not have to display a village name on the label.

2017 began with very cold and extremely dry conditions. March 2017 was one of the warmest months on record and as a result the vines started to shoot on April 12th – approximately 14 days earlier than usual, which was a new record. A very warm May brought the long-awaited rainfall, which was crucial for the vine’s development. Warm conditions during the summer enabled ripening to start from the beginning of August and a record-breaking early harvest was emerging. Harvesting began in the middle of September and produced high quality grapes.

The Riesling vines are grown in quartz stone from the Taunus hillsides interspersed with red clay and topped with loam and loss. Producing limited yields, the grapes are carefully harvested by hand. Spätlese is translated as "late harvest": the grapes are harvested at least seven days after the normal harvest, so they are riper and have a higher sugar content and produce wines of a greater intensity.

The grapes were carefully selected and gently pressed in whole clusters. A slow, long and cool fermentation took place in 100% stainless steel tanks, preserving the varietal characteristics of the Riesling vines and the terroir from which it hails. The wine was aged for five months on its fine lees adding texture and complexity.

100% Riesling.

A rich and fragrant Spätlese, with an exotic bouquet of pineapple, passion fruit and honeydew melon, complemented by ripe peach notes. Initial sweetness is perfectly balanced by a juicy acidity on the fruity palate, a mineral core leads to a long citrus note on the finish. A beautifully styled fragrant German medium wine showing floral and ginger notes combined with tropical fruit and a hint of oranges. Long and elegant. 

£36.05
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