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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.

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.


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.


Furst von Metternich Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Silberlack Rheingau 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2018 edition panel review of Dry German Riesling (Grosses Gewächs) (see blue link below)

Furst Von Metternich Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Silberlack Rheingau 2016 - 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. 


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.


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.

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.


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.


Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett 2016 (1x75cl)

Schloss Vollrads, with nearly 800 years of viticulture experience, is one of the oldest wine estates in the world. The vineyards are located in the heart of the Rheingau, where the quality of Riesling is unsurpassed by any other region in the world. In 1728, the world's first Kabinett was produced at Schloss Vollrads and, 300 years on, the estate is still going from strength to strength under the watchful eye of Rowald Hepp and his winemaker Ralph Herke. The estate now has 81 hectares of Riesling vineyards.

All Schloss Vollrads' vineyards are planted with Riesling and are situated between the Rhine and the forest clad hills that protect the vines from the cool north winds. Rowald has been improving quality at Schloss Vollrads since he joined in 1997 and his philosophy runs through every aspect of production. Strict pruning ensures that yields are 40% lower than the legal requirement, while further reductions are made by crop thinning.

In 2016 a cold and damp spring was followed by a beautiful late summer, which - thanks to the constant good weather - led to an enormous grape ripening. A great balance of sweetness, acidity and alcohol characterize the vintage - fruity and expressive wines.

Fermentation took place with selected yeasts over three weeks in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 18°C. No oak ageing or malolactic fermentation took place to preserve the fruit purity and freshness of the wine.

Bright, vibrant pale yellow in colour. Round and fruity on the nose with notes of apple, pear and pineapple. The palate is round and mellow with a clear fruity taste and a strong mineral character. Characterised by its elegance, the acidity is well balanced by the residual sugar before the long, off dry finish.


Weingut Knipser Laumersheimer Kapellenberg Riesling Kabinett Troken 2017 (1x 75cl)

The ”Kapellenberg“ wines are characterised by alluvial sediments – light soil with grit and sand. 

The Riesling from this site is lively and mineralic, often with exotic fruit on the nose. The wines are ready to drink in their youth, but will age for several years. This wine goes particularly well with fish, white meats and oriental food.


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.


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.


Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Grunlack Spatlese Green Seal 2013 (1x 75cl)

Rich, vibrant bouquet with a marked intensity and freshness. It has hints of peach, pineapple, passion fruit and citrus fruits.


Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Grunlack Spatlese Green Seal 2016 (1x 75cl)

Rich, vibrant bouquet with a marked intensity and freshness. It has hints of peach, pineapple, passion fruit and citrus fruits.

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