Germany, Japan

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.
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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. 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
  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Wittmann Estate Riesling 2018
    The 2018 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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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  11. Grace Yamanashi De Grace Red Blend 2018 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Made from Muscat Bailey A grown at the foothills of Kayagatake mountain and Katsunuma, the wine, is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon(also from Kayagatake foothills)and Merlot (from Akeno),then aged in seasonal French oak barrels. The abundunt fruit flavours ... Learn More
  12. Grace Gris De Koshu 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Yamanashi is the first Japanese Geographical Indication (GI) for wine. Established in 2013, it is situated in the prefecture of the same name. Yamanashi is promoted as the birthplace of Japanese wine production. Koshu is a thick skinned grape and purplish-pink ... Learn More
  13. Grace Koshu Private Reserve 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Yamanashi is the first Japanese Geographical Indication (GI) for wine. Established in 2013, it is situated in the prefecture of the same name. Yamanashi is promoted as the birthplace of Japanese wine production. Koshu is a thick skinned grape and purplish-pink ... Learn More
  14. Grace Koshu Hishiyama Vineyard Selection 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Flinty, slightly smoky, almond, white melon, almost a brine/oyster shell. Tight , but gentle, flinty texture, very fine, lemon in water, lightness, and fine length. A bit blink-and-you-will-miss-it in style, but so engaging. Slight watermelon rind bitterness on a surprisingly ... Learn More
  15. Grace Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Selection 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    More white fleshed fruit, a little dash of pepper, apple skin, light grip, fresh and fine, a dusty texture, but a smoother and more composed wine than the Hishiyama, and little longer, though perhaps that’s splitting hairs. So lovely. ... Learn More
  16. 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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  17. Four Fox Sake (720Ml)
    There are six grades of saké, and Four Fox is categorized as a snowmelt ‘Junmai Daiginjo,’ meaning that it is the highest grade of premium saké, This ultra-premium saké is handcrafted in the mountains of Japan. Each winter, master craftsmen ... Learn More
  18. White Oak Tokinoka Blended Japanese Whisky (500Ml)
    A beautifully balanced blend of 75% single malt and 25% grain. The ideal start to discovering Japanese whisky. The nose is very fruity with aromas of apricots and dried fruits. There is also a hint of honey. The nose follows onto the ... Learn More
  19. Grace Koshu Toriibira Vineyard Private Reserve 2019 (Pre-Arrival Offer)
    Many years ago, I’d never have imagined that tasting a set of white wines from Japan would be one of my more favourite events of the year. It’s a life full of surprises, for sure. Importer: QED Smooth, ... Learn More
  20. 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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  21. Nikka Rare Old Super Blended Whisky 700Ml
    World Whisky Awards Category Winner for Best Japanese Blend in 2015 the Nikka Rare Old Super was introduced to the market in 1962. Despite being classified as a blend, it's reported to contain a high proportion of malt from the Yoichi and ... Learn More
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  22. 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
  23. 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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    Kim Marcus
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  24. Kaiyo Japanese Whisky (700Ml)
    To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is ... Learn More
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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Grace 'Cuvee Misawa Rouge' 2014
    Ayana Misawa is the most accomplished female winemaker in Japan. She studied in Bordeaux, and has worked in South Africa and Australia. The family winery Grace was established in 1923 in Katsunuma, the birthplace of Japan’s wine industry and today ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  28. 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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    Stephan Reinhardt
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  29. Nikka Yoichi Single Malt Whisky 
700Ml
    A smoky single malt with a maritime character. Bold and strong the pleasant peat characteristic comes from the traditional direct coal-fired distillation as well as a briny hint delivered by the sea breeze during the aging process. Nose: toffee, mango, ... Learn More
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  30. Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt Whisky (700Ml)
    Light in body, yet full of flavour, an excellent introduction to Japanese single malts. This whisky is distilled in a pot still heated by indirect steam at a low temperature. Miyagikyo Single Malt has an elegant fruitiness and a distinctive ... Learn More
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  31. Kaiyo 'Cask Strength' Japanese Whisky (700Ml)
    To break into the incredibly popular Japanese Whisky market, we wanted something that, just like our wine selection, would not only over-deliver in regard to complexity and flavour, but would also have a great story to accompany it. Kaiyō is ... Learn More
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    Jonny McCormick
  32. Chichibu Ichiro'S Malt & Grain (700Ml)
    Pale straw / gold colour with a faint green blush. Moderate aromas of toasty cereals, raisin toast with hints of fruits, wafer biscuit and cream. Soft warm entry. Mid palate bursts with tingly spices, fruit and cereals with nuances of smokiness. ... Learn More
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  33. 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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  34. ONLINE TASTING PACK - JAPAN'S GRACE WINES TASTING WITH AYANA MISAWA THURSDAY 25TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    Have you ever had Japanese wine? Not the type that's made from Plums or Rice, we're talking top-quality vino rivalling well-known producing countries. It will be our absolute pleasure to introduce Grace Wines to you on the 25th February ... Learn More

  35. Kirin Fuji-Sanroku Signature Blend 700Ml
    Launched in Japan in 2018 as a premium label replacement of the massively successful Fuji Sanroku Tarajukugenshu 50°. Each casks used in this blend is hand selected by Kirin's Jota Tanaka, the 2017 Icons of Whisky Master Distiller/Master Blender of the Year. ... Learn More
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  36. 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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  37. ONLINE TASTING PACK - JAPAN'S GRACE WINES TASTING WITH AYANA MISAWA PLUS SAKE THURSDAY 25TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    Have you ever had Japanese wine? Not the type that's made from Plums or Rice, we're talking top-quality vino rivalling well-known producing countries. It will be our absolute pleasure to introduce Grace Wines to you on the 25th February ... Learn More

  38. 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
  39. Suntory Ao World Whisky 700Ml
    Suntory has released this new blended whisky to help with the transparency in Japanese whisky markets. Suntory World Whisky AO features whisky produced at the companies distilleries in five major whisky-producing regions – Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada and Japan. The company ... Learn More
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