Vintners Pride Of Germany At The London Wine Fair 2018 – Stand Y132
2015 Estate Riesling Dry VDP Gutswein
A delightfully fragrant wine, smelling of acacia blossom and spring flowers, this Riesling is quite taut, fresh with acidity, almost salty.
It has the density and richness of the wines that inspired the term ‘hock’ (from the nearby city of Hochheim), but finishes bone dry.
JAMES SUCKLING SAYS: An excellent “Estate Riesling” that has plenty of tart peach and lemon aromas. Juicy and very crisp with some real minerality at the long finish. Delicious through 2022. 91 POINTS
2016 Hochheimer Steilweg ‘Alte Reben’VDP 1er Lage Riesling
A sustaining, highly aromatic Riesling, yet, despite the enormous fruitiness with sweet aromas of ripe peaches or apricots, it’s a wine that retains the delicate Riesling character with its subtle elegance and minerality.
JAMES SUCKLING SAYS: Even if this doesn’t come from a classified or famous site this has a peachy ripeness concentration and racy elegance that takes your breath away. The super-clean mineral finish doesn’t want to let go. Drink through 2035. 94 POINTS
2015 Hochheimer Stein Pinot Noir VDP 1er Lage
A wine with a fine and concentrated style, with subtle and silky aromas, this premium Pinot Noir already shows elegant Burgundian fruits with a wild cherries and blackcurrant nose.
JAMES SUCKLING SAYS: You could easily mistake this for a wine from a premier cru site on the Côtes de Beaune such is the concentration, tannic power and polish of this wine. Still a bit closed, so better from 2019 through 2035. 94 points
2016 ‘Pfeffo’ Riesling VDP Gutswein
Pfeffo, a legendary Roman, founded the village of Pfeffingen. In his memory the Pfeffingen estate created this medium dry Riesling tasting of white peaches, with hints of its terroir, and a clean, bright flavour.
2016 Ungstein ‘Terra Rossa’ Riesling VDP Ortswein Dry
The 2016 Terra Rossa Riesling shows aromas of pineapple and grapefruit with a full and round body that turns into a smooth and elegant finish.
The wine was made from carefully selected younger vines and other specially selected parts of the vineyard, with all grapes selected by hand. Award-winning Pfeffingen winemaker, Jan Eymael, prefers an aroma-protected, reductive vinification and long ‘sur lie’ ageing.
As the name ‘Terra Rossa’ suggests, this wine originates from the red earth centrepiece of the Weilberg vineyard.
2016 Pinot Noir VDP Gutswein
Spätburgunder, or as the grape is called internationally, Pinot Noir is the diva of red grapes.
Only prime, fully ripe grapes were picked – all by hand – for this wine. At the Pfeffingen estate the vines grow on a deep loam soil which guarantees an ideal water supply. As in Burgundy, the high content of limestone in the soil gives the wines a maximum of finesse and character.
2016 Riesling ‘Scivaro’ Gutswein
In old German, ‘Scivaro’ means slate, and this is exactly how this wine is intended to taste. The rocky slate soil creates a sense of high minerality with a delicate character and attractive bouquet: a wine with elegance, clarity and balanced fruitiness with a long, dry finish.
The nose is of herbs and lemon, whilst, on the palate, there’s citrus fruits, peach, dried herbs and flowery nuances which convey a taste of juiciness and unmatched freshness.
2016 Würtzberg Serriger Herrenberg Riesling Spätlese
This is a highly fruit-driven wine with a bouquet of grapefruit, peach, gooseberry and lemon and has a wonderfully balanced acidity and minerality, with great ageing potential.
The Herrenberg Spätlese was fermented spontaneously in stainless steel tanks, with the wine then left ‘sur lie’ for a more intense extraction of flavours to create a wonderful complex wine.
JAMES SUCKLING SAYS: “Intense grapefruit character and supercharged flavours, this is not exactly subtle but is packed with flavour. Be prepared to meet your maker! 91 POINTS
2015 Hubertus Clüsserath Riesling Kabinett Trocken
The ability of the 400 million-year-old weathered grey slate soil of the estate’s ‘Apotheke’ vineyard to retain water helps create wonderfully fresh, yet rich Kabinett wines that are full of finesse.
With a pronounced, yet delicate, nose of pink grapefruit, yellow apple, aniseed and fine spices, this wine combines creaminess and elegance on the palate with a ripe spiciness in its intense finish.
2010 Hubertus Clüsserath Trittenheimer Altärchen Riesling Spätlese
Fascinating, complex peach and apricot notes on the nose and on the palate, balanced by ripe citrus fruit and fabulous minerality.
The steep, south facing, slopes and fine grey slate soil of the estate’s Trittenheimer Altärchen vineyard, together with the use of what are today rare, old, low-yielding un-grafted Riesling grape vines, together with rigorous selective hand picking, guarantees a unique and extraordinarily wine of inimitable quality and profound complexity.
2016 Dry Weißburgunder VDP Gutswein
A typical, finely-structured Burgundy-style wine from the Stigler estate from vines that grow on the volcanic soil at the south side of their Kaiserstuhl vineyard, the warmest vineyard spot in the whole of Germany. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and stored in large wooden barrels before bottling. Pale yellow in colour with lovely hints of green – clear and brilliant. The nose is fresh with delicate fruits, offering hints of peaches, apples and lychees, with medium acidity, the palate opens up quickly in the glass: a really solid example of this Baden star.
2014 Pinot Noir ‘Cuvee MAX’
A really smooth example of Pinot Noir with a fine nose of black cherries. Ripe intense spice and cranberry aromas with distinct minerality, this is well-balanced wine, with deep fruit concentration from the latest Stigler generation – the well-travelled, talented and dedicated Maximilian Stigler.
The wine was grown on the loam soil that forms the most southern slope of the ‘little mountain’, where the Stigler Winklerberg Kaiserstuhl, Baden’s steepest and warmest vineyard, is located.
The Baden wine-growing region is Germany’s most significant Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) producer. Indeed, it’s considered to be ‘Burgundy Land’ in that it produces wines made from the entire ‘Burgundy’ family of vines.
2015 Stengel Riesling Sekt Brut
This Riesling, one of the most Famous German grape varieties, lives up to its reputation. Bright and beautiful, with fresh fruit and citrus flavours and wonderfully balanced acidity make this Stengel sparkling Riesling something special.
NV Stengel Cuvee ‘MY’ Rosé Sekt 1st Edition
A delicious sparkling wine with a lovely floral nose and a palate of strawberry, raspberry – perhaps even banana. This is a wine that won the accolade of best German traditional method sparkling wine in 2013 and also won the young German wine maker award for Carolin and Lisa Stengel.