Germany

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. Dr Loosen Riesling Eiswein 375ml 2016
    Soaring aromas of apricot marmalade, fresh guava juice, kiwi and key lime. Intensely sweet on the palate but perfectly balanced by rapier sharp acidity. Flavours are focused on fresh shortbread, golden raisins, vanilla cream, all wrapped up in layers of ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
  2. 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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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  3. 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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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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    Stephan Reinhardt
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  4. Online Tasting Pack - Old World V New World Thursday 28th Oct 6:30pm AEDT

    It's back by popular demand! The ultimate debate in wine, Old World  V New World. Two Master of Wines' going head to head on arguably the most controversial subject in wine, we have Alistair Cooper MW in the ... Learn More

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  5. 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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    Nick Stock
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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  6. Oktober Fest Mix 6pk (3x2)

    Get into Oktoberfest spirit with these an exceptional selection of the variety Germany is known for; Riesling.

    Kit Contains
    3x Prinz Riesling Rheingau Trocken
    3x A. Christmann 'Pfalz' Riesling 2020

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  7. Dr Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Grosses Gewächs Reserve 2015
    The Grosses Gewächs Reserve wines are selectively harvested from the finest parcels of very old, ungrafted vines. They are naturally fermented in the same way as the GGs but stay for 24 months on the full lees in traditional Fuder ... Learn More
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    Stuart Pigott
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  8. 2015 Dr Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Grosses Gewächs Reserve
    The Grosses Gewächs Reserve wines are selectively harvested from the finest parcels of very old, ungrafted vines. They are naturally fermented in the same way as the GGs but stay for 24 months on the full lees in traditional Fuder ... Learn More
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    Stuart Pigott
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  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. Dr Loosen Erdener Prälat Riesling Grosses Gewächs Reserve 2015
    The Grosses Gewächs Reserve wines are selectively harvested from the finest parcels of very old, ungrafted vines. They are naturally fermented in the same way as the GGs but stay for 24 months on the full lees in traditional Fuder ... Learn More
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    Stuart Pigott
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