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Anton Finkenauer Kreuznacher Riesling QbA trocken 2015 (1x75cl)

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.

ABV = 12.5%.

£9.90

Dreissigacker, Morstein Rheinhessen Riesling 2014 (1x75cl)

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.

ABV = 13.0%. 

£48.35

Furst von Metternich Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Silberlack Rheingau 2017 (1x75cl)

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.

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 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.

100% Riesling. 

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. 

ABV = 12.5%.

£46.65

Leitz Berg Schlossberg GG Grand Cru Riesling 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2016 BERG SCHLOSSBERG Grand Cru shows up with a tremendous saltiness, which seems to jump out of the glass with the first sniff. The minerality of BERG SCHLOSSBERG is vibrant and elegant in the same way. A dense and likewise consolidated zest and complexity leads to the manifestation of taste on your palate. The BERG SCHLOSSBERG performs absolutely pleasant with a delicate acidity, which is very dense woven in a framework of relish and minerality, of oak and origin - the mouth is totally coated and a moment of silence occurs until the unendingly finish awakens desire for the next sip. The yeasty zest is very intense on the palate and has herbal and slightly floral hints as antagonists. There´s a nuance of rock candy and very subtle trace of tobacco. The lively and fine acidity comes along with a pretty nice creaminess. 

Riesling 100%.

ABV = 12.5%.

£32.65

Leitz Dragonstone Riesling (Medium Dry) 2018 (1x75cl)

Riesling 100%.

ABV = 10.5%.

£11.80

Leitz Eins Zwei Dry Riesling 2018 (1x75cl)

On the nose the EINS-ZWEI-DRY shows very pleasant fruit and rich yeasty notes. Nuances of peach and apricot; ripe apples and a hint of carambola. The delicate and lively acidity is supported by ripe mirabelle and is an outstanding example of the terroir. With a crisp finish, that leaves your taste buds wanting more, this wine is just asking to be drunk over and over again. 

Riesling 100%.

ABV = 12.0%.

£11.80

Leitz Eins Zwei Zero Riesling (Alcohol Free) NV (1x75cl)

The Leitz EINS-ZWEI-ZERO offers an original character that is clean and fresh with notes of lime and citrus; surprisingly rhubarb and a little hint of red apples on an underlying mineral foundation. The finish is dry and relatively long. Of course, an alcohol-free wine never will give the same depth, structure and weight as a wine with alcohol, but here it is close to it and it is simply an alcohol-free wine tasting wine.

Riesling 100%.

ABV = 0.0%.

£6.65

Leitz Magic Mountain Riesling 2018 (1x75cl)

The nose is fresh and pure with exotic hints, chamomile and lemon zest. It promises a delicate body with a slight creaminess and shows on the palate an amazing mineral impact with a wonderful texture and a rather long finish. You will find a cool minerality beside the appealing fruit. The exotic fruits, such as lychee, mango, papaya and very subtle hints of passion fruit, create with the mellow impact of yeast an awesome impact on the nose. The MAGIC MOUNTAIN excites your mouth through its delicate minerality and nuances of ripe apples, mirabelle and peach.

Riesling 100.0%.

ABV = 13.0%.

£17.00

Leitz Rudesheim Riesling (Dry) 2018 (1x75cl)

The nose is full of cool minerality and very delicate nuances of fruits, such as apples, peaches and lychee.
The Rüdesheim Riesling fills the mouth with nuances of stone fruit and the typical Riesling fruit. You will also find exotic impressions with ripe apples; Mirabelle, peach and also hints of wild herbs are easy to detect.

Riesling 100%.

ABV = 13.0%.

£14.75

Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg 2018 (1x75cl)

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."

100% Riesling.

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

ABV = 11.5%.

£14.25

Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2018 (1x 75cl)

The wine-growing estate of Paulinshof is a former monastery firstly mentioned in AD 936. From the early 1800s, the Paulinshof estate has been in private ownership; since the late 1960s, Paulinshof has been the propery of the Jüngling family, and lays claim (or part-claim) to some of the finest vineyards of the middle Mosel: Kestener Paulinshofberger, Kestener Paulinsberg, Kestener Herrenberg, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Brauneberger Juffer (recognised by Napoleon’s classification as the top site in the Mosel in 1804), Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr and the Brauneberger Kammer (which is solely owned by Paulinshof).

These steep, slate-rich, river valley hillsides are low-yielding: this is the principal reason for the outstanding quality of Paulinshof's Rieslings which win numerous major awards every year. The wines all have a delicious seam of minerality and acidity.

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.

100% Riesling.

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. This filigree light white wine is delicious on its own or as an aperitif with salty almonds as a counterpoint to the sweetness. Great also with salads with some fruitiness; try with sweet potato and grapefruit. The sweetness also complements crustaceans perfectly; prawn and lemon zest quiche is another fantastic match.

ABV = 8.5% (ie low as appreciable sugar left as residual sugar).

£17.95

Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese 2015 (1x 75cl)

The wine-growing estate of Paulinshof is a former monastery firstly mentioned in AD 936. From the early 1800s, the Paulinshof estate has been in private ownership; since the late 1960s, Paulinshof has been the propery of the Jüngling family, and lays claim (or part-claim) to some of the finest vineyards of the middle Mosel: Kestener Paulinshofberger, Kestener Paulinsberg, Kestener Herrenberg, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Brauneberger Juffer (recognised by Napoleon’s classification as the top site in the Mosel in 1804), Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr and the Brauneberger Kammer (which is solely owned by Paulinshof).

These steep, slate-rich, river valley hillsides are low-yielding: this is the principal reason for the outstanding quality of Paulinshof's Rieslings which win numerous major awards every year. The wines all have a delicious seam of minerality and acidity.

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.

100% Riesling.

Residual sugar = ~75g/litre.

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.

ABV = 7.5% (ie low, as some sugar is left as sweetness).

£23.80

Paulinshof Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2017 (1x75cl)

The wine-growing estate of Paulinshof is a former monastery firstly mentioned in AD 936. From the early 1800s, the Paulinshof estate has been in private ownership; since the late 1960s, Paulinshof has been the propery of the Jüngling family, and lays claim (or part-claim) to some of the finest vineyards of the middle Mosel: Kestener Paulinshofberger, Kestener Paulinsberg, Kestener Herrenberg, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Brauneberger Juffer (recognised by Napoleon’s classification as the top site in the Mosel in 1804), Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr and the Brauneberger Kammer (which is solely owned by Paulinshof).

These steep, slate-rich, river valley hillsides are low-yielding: this is the principal reason for the outstanding quality of Paulinshof's Rieslings which win numerous major awards every year. The wines all have a delicious seam of minerality and acidity.

Harvested from stake-trained vines on the steep, slate soils of the Sonnenuhr sub-section of Brauneberger Juffer vineyard. The grapes are pressed at low pressure, and then fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel.

100% Riesling.

Residual sugar = ~10g/litre.

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.

ABV = 12.5%.

£22.75

Paulinshof Riesling Urstuck Trocken 2018 (1x 75cl)

The wine-growing estate of Paulinshof is a former monastery firstly mentioned in AD 936. From the early 1800s, the Paulinshof estate has been in private ownership; since the late 1960s, Paulinshof has been the propery of the Jüngling family, and lays claim (or part-claim) to some of the finest vineyards of the middle Mosel: Kestener Paulinshofberger, Kestener Paulinsberg, Kestener Herrenberg, Trittenheimer Apotheke, Brauneberger Juffer (recognised by Napoleon’s classification as the top site in the Mosel in 1804), Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr and the Brauneberger Kammer (which is solely owned by Paulinshof).

These steep, slate-rich, river valley hillsides are low-yielding: this is the principal reason for the outstanding quality of Paulinshof's Rieslings which win numerous major awards every year. The wines all have a delicious seam of minerality and acidity

Harvested from selected stake-trained old vines from steep vineyards on the Paulinshof estate. The grapes are carefully pressed at low pressure, and the must is then fermented in stainless steel at controlled temperature.

100% Riesling.

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. Drink on its own, with fish, or with light white meat dishes.

ABV = 12.5%.

£16.35

Schloss Vollrads Grosses Gewachs Schlossberg Riesling 2018 (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. Rowald has been improving quality since he joined in 1997, and his philosophy runs through every aspect of production. The soil in the vineyards of Schloss Vollrads is a mixture of Taunus quartzite, agrillaceous shale and gravel. The climate is mild, benefiting from the Rhine river on one side and the Taunus mountain range on the other side. The vineyard slopes are all south-facing, allowing them to capture the best sunshine. The Taunus mountain range offers protection from the northern winds with its forests and creates the ideal conditions for the vines.

The 2018 vintage was exceptional. A mild winter was then followed by a cool start to spring however from April, the weather was extremely hot and dry. The fruit benefited from so the increased exposure to sunlight and the harvest began on the September 5th.

Grapes were hand harvested, gently pressed and fermented with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks over three weeks at a temperature of 18°C. After fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees for an extended period prior to bottling.

100% Riesling. 

This wine is bright yellow in colour with youthful hints. On the nose, it is bright and aromatic, with a fine spiciness, white flowers, and stony minerality . A full-bodied wine, the palate offers well-integrated oak and a long finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£29.50
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