Germany, Argentina

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 Germany wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock Germany 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 dry Rieslings as a rule tend to 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 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.
The wine industry in Argentina has had one of the fastest growth rates in the wine world and now claims to be the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Much like certain aspects of Argentine cuisine, the wine industry too has its roots in Spain. Vine cuttings were brought to Santiago del Estero in the 1600s.

Up until the 1980s, Argentina was known for producing more 'quantity' wine over 'quality' wine, but that has changed with winemakers across the board lifting their game. There is no doubt that Malbec is the grape on which Argentina's international reputation as a wine-producing nation is founded. Whilst it is a difficult grape to grow, the climate and conditions around Mendoza and in particular the Uco Valley is ideally suited to producing world-class wine.

The most popular varieties planted out in Argentina would be Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Tempranillo.
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  1. JL WOLF VILLA WOLF GEWURZTRAMINER 2019
    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. ... Learn More
  2. ESQUINAS DE ARGENTO MALBEC 2018
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbvec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902! This wine goes through an extensive cold maceration for 5 days at 48ºF (8,8ºC) to extract aromas. The juice is then fermented for 26 days with a post-fermentation maceration of 24 days. Wild ... Learn More
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  3. JL WOLF VILLA WOLF GEWURZTRAMINER 2018
    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. ... Learn More
  4. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PORTILLO MALBEC 2019
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, this outstanding value Argentinian Malbec is a consistent favourite of staff and our regular customers. Displaying a fresh and fruity nose, enhanced by hints of plums, black berries and a touch of vanilla. The palate ... Learn More
  5. Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec 2017
    The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Although we have found that most of the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, we ... Learn More
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  6. JL WOLF 'WACHENHEIMER' RIESLING 2019
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  7. JL WOLF 'WACHENHEIMER' RIESLING 2018
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  8. JL WOLF 'WACHENHEIMER' RIESLING 2017
    Made by the famous and energetic Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame), voted one of the World's 50 Most Influential Winemakers in Wine & Spirits Magazine. The fruit for the Wachenheimer Riesling comes from a single-vineyard site , called Königswingert (“King’s ... Learn More
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  9. Catena Zapata Malbec 2018
    The Catena wines are a special assemblage of High Mountain Estate Vineyards made by fourth generation vintner, Laura Catena and chief winemaker, Alejandro Vigil. Although we have found that most of the Catena wines are consumed shortly after release, we ... Learn More
  10. BODEGAS SALENTEIN 'BARREL SELECTION' MALBEC 2018
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars, a multi-award winning Malbec from Argentina that is a real hearty and full-bodied wine. On the nose, it is intense and complex with outstanding aromas of red fruits, black berries, as well as delicate floral ... Learn More
  11. WITTMANN ESTATE RIESLING 2018
    The 2018 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  12. A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2018
    The Pfalz Riesling is produced from the grapes of first pickings in our classified sites. These are always picked on the perfect degree of ripeness limiting the amount of fruit acid to a moderate level. The wine unites the minerality, ... Learn More
  13. DR MAYER REMSTAL PINOT NOIR 2018
    Deep bright red , smokey, bright cherry and cranberry nose , hints of anis , mint and earth . Crunchy and bright on the palate with gorgeous , generous savoury strawberry fruit . Fine but mouthcoating tannins give the wine a long finish . Cool in style ... Learn More
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  14. DONNHOFF 'OBERHAUSER LEISTENBERG' RIESLING KABINETT 2018
    Sourced from a steep, southeast-facing slope with grey clay slate soil. A perfect vineyard for Kabinett wines! A cool, fresh nose with white peach, fresh fig and apple aromas. With well-defined, spicy fruit, very elegant with a wonderful balance between ... Learn More
  15. DR LOOSEN 'GRAACHER HIMMELREICH' KABINETT 2017
    The small village of Graach lies between two more-famous neighbours: Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful ... Learn More
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  16. A Christmann Idig Grosses Gewachs Riesling 2013 Magnum
    A beautifully balanced Riesling, with a slippery textured and powerful fruit presence. Essence of Thai piquant spice, flowers and citrus, making it perfect for Asian cuisine and seafood. This estate only produces wines of the highest quality from the top ... Learn More
  17. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PRIMUS MALBEC 2017
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars - Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley. Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In ... Learn More
  18. BODEGAS SALENTEIN PRIMUS MALBEC 2016
    Exclusively imported by United Cellars - Bodegas Salentein is the heart and soul of the Uco Valley. Aromas of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, combined with floral hints and delicate notes of vanilla and spices granted by its oak ageing. In ... Learn More
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  19. ONLINE TASTING PACK - A CHILEAN AND ARGENTINIAN ADVENTURE THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Whilst we can't physically travel to South America for the time being, let's travel with our taste buds and sample some delicious wines. We'll be tasting a selection of reds ... Learn More

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  20. ONLINE TASTING PACK - SUMMER OF RIESLING

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 22nd of October 2020. This event is all about the perfect summer ... Learn More

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  21. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ALTA MALBEC 2013
    The Catena Alta wines can usually be drunk starting at three years after harvest and into the following one to two decades. ... Learn More
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  22. BRUNDLMAYER 'HEILIGENSTEIN LYRA' RIESLING 2016
    A stunning combination of elegance and rustic strength. Aromas or white fruit and citrus with floral notes.Rich on the palate with juicy fruit and the crisp minerality balances the slight sweetness. ... Learn More
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  23. GUNDERLOCH 'ROTHENBERG GROSSES GEWACHS' RIESLING 2017
    A mouthwatering German Riesling, sourced from the Rothenberg vineyard, a "Grosses Gewachs" or "Great Growth" vineyard. Off-dry in character with a cleansing acidity and plenty of citrus and stone fruit make this a perfect aperitif. Aromas of citrus, floral, honey ... Learn More
  24. JOH. JOS PRUM 'WEHLENER SONNENUHR AUSLESE' RIESLING 2017
    "..an intense, savory aroma, with racy flavors of slate, sea salt and white pepper accented by green apple and white cherry notes. Fine, bright apricot fruit. It is sweet but somehow you hardly notice the sweetness within the harmony of ... Learn More
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  25. CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'WHITE STONES' CHARDONNAY 2013​
    White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The name refers to the ground beneath the vines which is covered with gravel - oval white stones. "The 2013 White Stones Chardonnay had penetrating balsamic aromas ... Learn More
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  26. ONLINE TASTING PACK - A CHILEAN AND ARGENTINIAN ADVENTURE PLUS BREAKOUT ROOM WINE THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack includes an additional 4th wine which is Bodegas Salenteins' iconic Malbec; Primus. This wine will be tasted in a zoom breakout room following the tasting of the first 3 ... Learn More

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  27. Bodega Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec 2012
    No matter what the vintage, this wine is really more than 100 years old. It represents a family's journey to produce an Argentine Malbec that can stand with the great wines of the world. ... Learn More
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  28. WITTMANN KIRCHSPIEL RIESLING GROSSES GEWÄCHS 2018
    The Kirchspiel grand cru site opens toward the Rhine like an amphitheatre. Its southern and southeastern exposure protects the vines from cold westerly winds – and accounts for the excellent microclimate of the vineyard. The soil structure is similar to that ... Learn More
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  29. A.Christmann Idig Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2018
    Idig was more or less forgotten until the early 1990s, when the Christmann family of Gimmeldingen purchased choice parcels of the original site and “put Idig on the map” with recognition and awards by leading German and international wine critics ... Learn More
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  30. DONNHOFF HERMANNSHOHLE RIESLING GROSSES GEWACHS 2018
    A perfect, steep southern slope with soils consisting of blackish grey slate and volcanic elements, extremely rich in minerals. This legendary site is the best-rated vineyard in the entire Nahe region. The vines are up to 60 years old and give ... Learn More
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  31. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA ADRIANNA VINEYARD 'WHITE BONES' CHARDONNAY 2013​
    Nicola Cantena planted his first Malbec vineyard in Mendoza in 1902 and today the estate is run by Nicholás Cantena and his daughter Laura. "The superb, elegant and aromatic 2013 White Bones Chardonnay seemed to jump out of the glass with ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  32. WITTMANN MORSTEIN RIESLING GROSSES GEWÄCHS 2018
    The grand cru Morstein site is situated on the south-facing slope that stretches from Gundersheim to Westhofen. The subsoil consists of massive limestone rocks. The first documented mention of the site dates from 1282. Today, Wittmann owns about 4 ha (10 acres) in ... Learn More
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  33. JOH. JOS PRUM 'WEHLENER SONNENUHR AUSLESE GOLDKAPSEL' RIESLING 2017
    Katharina Prüm explains the Goldkapsel wines in this way: “Think of them as limited edition, small production lots of the best Auslese of a vintage. They are made from stronger, selected grapes containing higher concentrated juice, usually affected by ... Learn More
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  34. Bodega ?Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard 'Mundus Bacillus Terrae' Malbec 2011
    The Catena Family is entering its second century of winemaking in Mendoza, Argentina. Named after Nicolás Catena Zapata’s youngest daughter, the Adrianna Vineyard is located at almost 5,000 feet elevation in Mendoza. The soils in this 1.4 hectare parcel are ... Learn More
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