Jl Wolf Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer 2018

  • From celebrated German winemaker, Ernst Loosen
  • Showing off the aromatic charm of the spicy Gewürztraminer grape variety
  • Outperforms Gewurztraminers costing twice as much
  • 1 or more bottles
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Editors notes

The fruit is processed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness.

Delicate varietal aromas of spice and fresh roses. A juicy textured palate. Very refreshing to drink with a crisp, dry finish.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Lychee
    • Peach
    • Turkish Delight
  • Palate
    • Jasmine
    • Lychee
    • Rose water

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Shellfish
  • Spicy

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Germany is fully capable of producing some of the world's great white wines. One hundred years ago the demand for and thus prices commanded for the wines from the finest vineyards in Piesport, Morcobrunn and Rudesheim rivalled the best wines from Bordeaux. Largely due to the lack of government regulation into the quality of wine output, Germany over the past century became known for producing sweet sugar-water wines at cheap costs, flooding the world market. This has had a negative effect on the perception of German wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock German wines of high quality.

The Riesling grape with all its versatility is the main grape variety, and whilst many countries make Riesling, none can match the mouth-watering freshness and supreme delicacy achieved in a Mosel Kabinett from a top producer. Germany's dry Rieslings as a rule tend to be very graceful and elegant as compared to Rieslings from other countries, with an emphasis on finesse, not power. Standout producers such as Robert Weil make the headlines, but Donnhoff, JL Wolf, A Christmann and Dr Loosen are too worth seeking out.

Another most interesting contribution from Germany was Eiswine (ice wine), which until the 1970s was a freak of nature, though is now carefully managed. To produce Eiswine, parcels of vines are left out exposed to the frost, and although the production cost is astronomical they remain very popular. Robust Pinot Blancs and Pinot Gris are also produced in the whites and Pinot Noir, referred to as Spätburgunder is also grown.

The climate in Germany is, for the most part, cool, the exception being in the Pfalz and in Baden. As a result, vineyards are carefully selected with good sunlight exposure a must. For example along the banks of the Mosel River, vines are only planted on one side, as there isn't enough sunlight exposure to ripen grapes on the north-facing side.

Key regions include Mosel and Nahe where extraordinary Rieslings are produced.


Germany’s second-largest as well as its driest wine-growing region, Pfalz boasts more than 85 kilometres of uninterrupted vineyards, which sit east of the Haardt Mountains. Here, Riesling is the most widely planted grape variety – and the most lauded for high-quality winemaking. Dornfelder is the second most widely planted variety (of either colour). Müller-Thurgau is also widely grown, plantings of Grauburgunder and Weiβburgunder are increasing, and there are also significant plantings of Spätburgunder. Black grapes account for less than 40% of the vineyard area. Mittelhaardt, an area encompassing Forst and Deidesheim, boasts the most established quality vineyards. Its vineyards sit on steep slopes and produce a ripe, fuller-bodied Riesling style.

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About the brand J.L. Wolf

t’s getting on for 20 years since Ernst Loosen decided to broaden his winemaking palette by taking on the JL Wolf estate in the village of Wachenheim in the Pfalz. The region lies between the Haardt Mountains and the Rhine, directly north of Alsace. The protective influence of the mountains makes this one of the warmer, drier areas of Germany. As with his intense and powerful Mosel wines, Erni aims to preserve the traditional character of the region and the grape variety but with a further level of concentration and opulence. Typically, wines from the Pfalz are weightier and drier than their Mosel counterparts and have a style that’s rounder and more earthy. These are clean, focused wines with good body, full fruit flavours and a strong backbone.

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