Germany, South Africa

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 2020
    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. Leitz Zero Point Five Pinot Noir (Non Alc.)
    From award winning winemaker, Johannes Leitz from the world-famous vineyards of the Rüdesheim region in Germany comes Zero Point Five, a premium alcohol-free Pinot Noir made from 100% Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) grapes grown in Germany. It is an exceptionally ... Learn More
  3. 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
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  4. 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
  5. Dr L Dry Riesling 2020
    Pristine, fragrant white peach and chalky mineral tones collide in this dry, fresh-fruited Riesling. Steely on the finish, it's a remarkable value for a sophisticated yet easy-drinking wine that's likely to please many. Best enjoyed young. - Wine Enthusiast This ... Learn More
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  6. Dr L Dry Riesling 2019
    Pristine, fragrant white peach and chalky mineral tones collide in this dry, fresh-fruited Riesling. Steely on the finish, it's a remarkable value for a sophisticated yet easy-drinking wine that's likely to please many. Best enjoyed young. - Wine Enthusiast This ... Learn More
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  7. De Grendel Western Cape Pinotage 2019
    De Grendel presents a beautiful intense, deep purple colour with a magenta meniscus. Maraschino cherries, black plums, prunes and banana-flavoured Wilson toffee aromas are depicted on the nose, followed by medium acidity and medium alcohol. The palate presents young tannins ... Learn More
  8. De Grendel Western Cape Pinotage 2017
    De Grendel presents a beautiful intense, deep purple colour with a magenta meniscus. Maraschino cherries, black plums, prunes and banana-flavoured Wilson toffee aromas are depicted on the nose, followed by medium acidity and medium alcohol. The palate presents young tannins ... Learn More
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  9. De Grendel Western Cape Chardonnay 2020
    Bright pale straw in colour, flecked with gold and tinges of lime, the nose reveals floral citrus blossoms nuanced by notes of butterscotch and beeswax aptly underscored by delicate mineral apple and pear aromas. A soft entry unfurls enticing layers ... Learn More
  10. De Grendel Western Cape Chardonnay 2016
    Bright pale straw in colour, flecked with gold and tinges of lime, the nose reveals floral citrus blossoms nuanced by notes of butterscotch and beeswax aptly underscored by delicate mineral apple and pear aromas. A soft entry unfurls enticing layers ... Learn More
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  11. Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2020
    This is a bargain option to test-drive the famous South African style of Chenin Blanc. From a cool site found at the foot of Sneeuberg Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Western Cape, this Chenin is picked in ... Learn More
  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. AA Badenhorst Secateurs Cinsault Blend 2019
    Just in from South Africa, wines from Adi Badenhorst. The Badenhorst family farm, Kalmoesfontein, is located on the Paardeberg in the Swartland, about 40 minutes drive north of Cape Town. Adi and a few other producers ran the Swartland Revolution. This ... Learn More
  16. AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2020
    Just in from South Africa, wines from Adi Badenhorst. The Badenhorst family farm, Kalmoesfontein, is located on the Paardeberg in the Swartland, about 40 minutes drive north of Cape Town. Adi and a few other producers ran the Swartland Revolution. This ... Learn More
  17. Le Riche 'Richesse' Stellenbosch Cabernet Blend 2018
    Le Riche Wines is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in close proximity to the historic town of Stellenbosch. Aromas of fresh plums and red cherries, balanced with a touch of oak on the nose. Juicy mouth filling ... Learn More
  18. Juwel Rheinhessen Riesling 2020
    A Riesling full of peach and lime scents. The palate presents itself with a juicy yet delicate and elegant minerality. Moderate in alcohol, the play between sweet and sour awards it with finesse and lightness, a distinct characteristic of the ... Learn More
  19. Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken 2019
    Fred and Sabine Prinz and their estate is indeed a revelation. It started as the archetypal “garage estate” when Fred started making small batches of wine under the house in 1991, whilst he was the full-time winemaker at the Kloster Erberbach ... Learn More
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  20. Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken 2020
    Fred and Sabine Prinz and their estate is indeed a revelation. It started as the archetypal “garage estate” when Fred started making small batches of wine under the house in 1991, whilst he was the full-time winemaker at the Kloster Erberbach ... Learn More
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  21. Wittmann Estate Riesling 2018
    The 2018 Riesling trocken is sourced 100% from the calcareous sites in Westhofen. ... Learn More
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  22. A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2020
    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
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  23. 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
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  24. Dr Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2020
    The Dr. Loosen Riesling Graacher Himmelreich discloses a bright yellow colour. The aromas are dominated by stone fruits such as mirabelle, peach and Granny Smith. The delicate tart texture of Dr. Loosen Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett reveals a real splendour ... Learn More
  25. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett 2020
    The Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett reveals aromas of ripe apples and pears in a golden yellow colour. Passionfruit, pomegranate and smoky-salty notes complete the mineral bouquet. Fresh, tangy, soft on the palate, with a mineral pressure and a ... Learn More
  26. Dr Loosen Riesling Sekt NV
    The Dr. Loosen Sekt Extra Dry is produced with fruit from estate vineyards within the Middle Mosel. The grapes are selectively hand picked as healthy fruit unaffected by botrytis. Aromatically this wine is bright and linear, with notes of green ... Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. 2019 Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett
    The Sundial vineyard in Wehlen is almost nothing but broken shards of blue Devonian slate. 100% Riesling from vines over 60 years old on average. The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett is fresh and reductive on the attractively clear and aromatic nose with ... Learn More
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  29. 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
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  30. 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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  31. Kanonkop Estate Pinotage 2018
    The Kanonkop Pinotage 2018 has intense purple hues. The nose is beautifully aromatic, with scented aromas of red currants, macerated cherries and cinnamon spice. The palate displays a silky tannin structure, backed by a fine seam of acidity. Subtle vanilla undertones ... Learn More
  32. Le Riche Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon is truly a remarkably bottle of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. It's very definitely made with French finesse, but remains distinctively South African. With carefully selected fruit from the cool gravelly slopes facing False Bay to the rich ... Learn More
  33. Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese 2019 375 ml
    Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese is enormously rich, with gorgeous layers of fruit and a lush texture. Auslese means “selected from the harvest”, and is a luscious, limited-production sweet wine made from very ripe clusters that are about 50% ... Learn More
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  34. Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons Baron Edmond 2010
    A classic Bordeaux blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Had I not known it was from South Africa, I would have sworn it was a Haut-Medoc cru classé, perhaps a Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. It has a very ... Learn More
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  35. 2019 Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese
    The 2019 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese is clear and bright on the stillclosed nose yet less complex compared to the Sonnenuhr (probably due to the recent bottling). The wine is clear and fresh, shows caramelized apple flavours, finely classy acidity ... Learn More
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  36. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 2019
    The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese was made with fruit harvested at 93° Oechsle. It offers a rather pure and subtly ample nose made of pear puree, vineyard peach, apricot blossom, almond cream, smoky elements, and floral notes. The wine is ... Learn More
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  37. Dr Loosen Riesling Beerenauslese 375ml 2017
    An intense, ultra-concentrated dessert wine made from hand-selected grapes that have been shrivelled about halfway to raisins by botrytis. The multi-faceted, complex, full-bodied bouquet wraps enchanting aromas of ripe tropical fruit, caramel and bergamot. Wine charms rich and dense creamy ... Learn More
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  38. Joh Jos Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2019
    A clear and elegant tropical-scented bouquet of mangos, passion fruit and figs. - Robert Parker An attractive and aromatic nose of vineyard peach, smoke, laurel, candied grapefruit, and herbs. Juicy yellow fruits with even a touch of honeyed elements make ... Learn More
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  39. Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett Riesling 2019
    A beautifully smoky and herbal nose made of vineyard peach, mirabelle, damson plum, and vineyard peach. The wine coats the palate with ripe, clean, and juicy fruits and leaves a beautifully energetic, zesty, and superbly focused feel in the very ... Learn More
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  40. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Grosses Gewächs 2019
    From vines planted in 1911 or earlier in the Laichen lieu-dit, Loosen's 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling GG Alte Reben is sylphlike, highly delicate and fine in its multilayered, fruity, floral and crunchy/flinty bouquet that reveals very fine slate aromas and even ... Learn More
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