The Top 50 Wines of Germany

Top 50 Wines

Entries for The Top 50 Wines of Germany 2016 are now closed. We’d like to thank all UK importers and wineries from across Germany who have entered this year’s competition, good luck!

Judging took place on Friday 4th March at The Sampler in South Kensington. Wines of Germany carefully selected a panel of experts who tasted through each wine blind; this year’s panel includes: Xenia Irwin MW (Buyer, Waitrose), Alex Hunt MW (Purchasing Director, Berkman Wine Cellars), Matt Walls (Freelance Wine Writer), Roger Jones (Owner, Harrow at Little Bedwyn), Christine Parkinson (Group Head of Wine at Hakkasan Group) and James Comyn (Trade Sales Director, Howard Ripley).

Top 50 aims to place the best wines of Germany in front of UK consumers and members of the trade and press inspiring the nation to discover what Germany has to offer today. The competition allows wineries from all over Germany, including those who are currently still seeking UK representation, to enter their wines. Of the wines in the seeking representation category in 2014 and 2015, 11 have now found UK importers representing 32% of entries

The results will be announced in April and the wines will be presented for the first time at the Wines of Germany trade tasting G Sharp on the 27th April.

The Wines of Germany Top 50 2016 selection will be showcased at the following events in 2016:

The Panel

Xenia Irwin MW Xenia Irwin MW (Buyer Waitrose) Buyer for Waitrose Cellar. Xenia has over 26 years’ experience in the wine trade, having worked as an independent wine consultant, as well as a buyer for a large regional brewery, retailer and wine importer. Xenia became a Master of Wine in 2003.
Matt Walls (Wine Writer and Consultant) Matt Walls (Wine Writer and Consultant) Author of the book Drink Me! How to Choose, Taste and Enjoy Wine, is a contributor to several wine publications, a competition judge and is a Riesling Revivalist. Matt won the 2015 IWSC Blogger of the Year award.
Roger Jones (Owner Harrow at Little Bedwyn) Roger Jones (Owner Harrow at Little Bedwyn) Owner and Michelin Star Chef at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Roger is a wine writer for The Caterer and won Industry Legend at Imbibe Restaurant Personality of the year 2016.
Christine Parkinson (Head of Wine at Hakkasan Group) Christine Parkinson (Head of Wine at Hakkasan Group) Creator of the first wine list for Hakkasan, and currently Head of Wine for the whole Hakkasan group. Christine is also a wine judge on numerous trade and consumer panels and nominated for Industry Legend at Imbibe Restaurant Personality of the year 2016.
Alex Hunt MW (Purchasing Director Berkmann Wine Cellars) Alex Hunt MW (Purchasing Director Berkmann Wine Cellars) Purchasing Director at Berkmann Wine Cellars. Alex has contributed articles to Decanter, World of Fine Wine and Noble Rot, and is a seasoned wine judge. Since February 2012, he has written a regular column for jancisrobinson.com. Alex became a Master of Wine in 2010.
James Comyn (Trade Director, Howard Ripley) James Comyn (Trade Director, Howard Ripley) Ex sommelier at top restaurants Pied a Terre and Rockpool in Sydney, Australia, James is now Trade Director at Howard Ripley and is founder of the Vault Tastings.

Press Coverage



Importers

RIESLING £5-£10


Devils Rock Riesling 2015

Devil's Rock Riesling 2015

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Devil's Rock

www.binderer.com

IMPORTER: Bibendum PLB

STOCKIST: Co-op

RRP: £5.49

Crisp and clean with good length and acidity. Flavours of green apple and coriander. Good value.

Kendermanns Special Edition Riesling 2015

Kendermanns Special Edition Riesling 2015

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Reh Kendermann

www.reh-kendermann.de

IMPORTER: Reh Kendermann UK

STOCKIST: Waitrose

RRP: £7.49

Ripe grapefruit and kiwi flavours. Bold and zesty with a long finish.

Peter & Peter Riesling Trocken 2015

Peter & Peter Riesling Trocken 2015

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Peter & Peter

www.zgm.de

IMPORTER: Zgm

STOCKIST: EH Booth

RRP: £7.99

Lavender on the nose with a juicy palate and flavours of apple and lime.



The Society's Saar Riesling 2013

The Society's Saar Riesling 2013

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt

www.kesselstatt.com

IMPORTER: The Wine Society

STOCKIST: The Wine Society

RRP: £8.95

Toasty, savoury, herbal aromas. Citrus on the palate with a saline quality and long finish.

   



RIESLING £11-£20


Dr Loosen Riesling Sekt Extra Dry NV

Dr Loosen Riesling Sekt Extra Dry NV

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Dr Loosen

www.drloosen.com

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: ABS Wine Agencies, Theatre of Wine, Valhalla's Goat, Bentley's Wine Merchants, The Guildford Wine Co, The Secret Cellar, George Hill, South Down Cellars, Luvians, The Hanging Ditch, Quaff, Mill Hill Wines

RRP: £16.99

Pretty floral aromas with a creamy mousse and flavours of green fruit and citrus. Biscuity and savoury on the finish.

Riesling Sekt Brut 2014

Riesling Sekt Brut 2014

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Reichsrat von Buhl

www.von-buhl.de

IMPORTER: Hayward Brothers

STOCKIST: Direct Wines, Handford Wine, Park Vintners, Hedonism, Firth & Co, Hennings Wine Merchants, Blanco and Gomez

RRP: £19.99

Attractive baked apple aromas, lemon freshness and an intense finish. Classic stuff.

Plaisir Riesling Feinherb 2014

Plaisir Riesling Feinherb 2014

Nahe

100% Riesling

WINERY: Bamberger

www.weingut-bamberger.de

IMPORTER: Lea & Sandeman

STOCKIST: Lea & Sandeman

RRP: £11.95

Juicy nectarines and good balance with a touch of sweetness on the finish. Very drinkable.



EINS-ZWEI-DRY Riesling 2015

EINS-ZWEI-DRY Riesling 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Leitz

www.Leitz-Wein.de

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: ABS Wine Agencies, Direct Wines, Expression du Terroir, Tivoli Wines, Vagabond Wines, Wine In Cornwall, South Down Cellars, Sheldons Wine Cellars, Salut Wines, Philglas and Swiggot, The Wine Reserve, Woods Wines, Yorkshire Vintners, Classy Mash Winestores, Cru London, Constantine Stores, AC Gallie, Christopher Piper Wines, Luvians Bottle Shop, Butlers Wine Cellar

RRP: £11.99

Lots of character with flavours of lime zest, tea leaves and lemon curd. Great value.

Mittelheimer Edelmann Riesling 2014

Mittelheimer Edelmann Riesling 2014

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Mehrlein

www.weingut-mehrlein.de

IMPORTER: Indigo Wine

STOCKIST: Ten Green Bottles, Honest Grapes, Grape and Grind, L'Art du Vin

RRP: £12.00

Bold and elegant with flavours of orange peel and honeysuckle. Crisp and refreshing.

Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2015

Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett 2015

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Max Ferdinand Richter

www.maxferdrichter.com

IMPORTER: Charles Taylor Wines

STOCKIST: Montrachet Fine Wine Merchants

RRP: £14.00

Lifted citrus nose with concentrated flavours of pear and kumquat. Lingering finish and good texture.



Devon Riesling 2013

Devon Riesling 2013

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Richard Böcking

www.richardboecking.com

IMPORTER: SWiG

RRP: £15.95

Developed orange jelly and honeyed characters with a buttery, herbal palate.

Als wärs ein Stück von mir. A piece of me Riesling dry 2014

Als wärs ein Stück von mir. A piece of me Riesling dry 2014

Rheinhessen

100% Riesling

WINERY: Gunderloch

www.gunderloch.de

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: ABS Wine Agencies, The Wine Reserve

RRP: £16.99

Floral, spicy nose with sweet herbs on the palate and a long finish. Reminiscent of springtime.

Der Elegante Riesling 2014

Der Elegante Riesling 2014

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Weegmüller

www.weegmueller.de

IMPORTER: Hallgarten

RRP: £17.99

Aromas of lime with intense minerality and well-balanced flavours of basil and marmalade.



 Hofpäsch Riesling 2014

Hofpäsch Riesling 2014

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Bender

www.bender-wine.de

IMPORTER: Indigo Wine

STOCKIST: St Andrew Wine Company, Honest Grapes

RRP: £19.70

Spicy and herbaceous on the nose with flavours of ripe apple and well balanced acidity

   


RIESLING £20+


Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken* (1 Star) 2012

Zeltinger Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese Trocken* (1 Star) 2012

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Selbach-Oster

www.selbach-oster.de

IMPORTER: Fields, Morris & Verdin

STOCKIST: BBR

RRP: £23.95

Off dry, juicy flavours of tangerine and honeysuckle with a creamy, long finish.

Gäns Riesling Trocken 2014

Gäns Riesling Trocken 2014

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Lubentiushof

www.lubentiushof.de

IMPORTER: The Winery

RRP: £23.99

Aromas of coriander seed and jasmine. Dry and steely palate with a long finish.

Riesling 2014

Riesling 2014

Nahe

100% Riesling

WINERY: Kruger-Rumpf

www.winetraders.eu

IMPORTER: Winetraders UK

RRP: £39.50

Attractive, perfumed nose. Dry and herbal palate with floral and white fruit finish. Will get even better with age.



Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese (Late Harvest) 2011

Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese (Late Harvest) 2011

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Grans-Fassian

www.grans-fassian.de

IMPORTER: GK Wine House

RRP: £22.50

Intense mineral aromas and lime fruit flavours. Silky texture and long, coconutty finish

Nonnberg Riesling Spätlese 2015

Nonnberg Riesling Spätlese 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Flick

www.flick-wein.de

IMPORTER: The Winery

RRP: £23.99

A cocktail of flavours - kiwi, lime and sweet apricot. Fresh, zesty and charming.

Oberhäuser Brücke Spätlese 2014

Oberhäuser Brücke Spätlese 2014

Nahe

100% Riesling

WINERY: Dönnhoff

www.doennhoff.com

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: The Wine Society, Justerini and Brooks, Berry Brothers, Fortnum and Mason, Averys, Four Walls Wine, Goedhuis & Co

RRP: £34.00

Pure lime blossom nose, with a well-balanced palate of vanilla and white fruit flavours.



WHITE PINOT


Cuvée Vaux Sekt Brut 2013

Cuvée Vaux Sekt Brut 2013

Rheingau

Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Riesling

WINERY: Schloss Vaux

www.schloss-vaux.de

IMPORTER: The Winery

RRP: £18.99

Malty aromas of brioche and spice. Creamy citrus mousse and good length on the finish.

Kleine Kapelle Pinot

Kleine Kapelle Pinot Grigio 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Pinot Gris

WINERY: Peter Mertes

www.mertes.de

STOCKIST: Co-op, Manchester

RRP: £5.49

Interesting expression of the grape - clean and well made. Excellent value.

 


OTHER WHITE


The Society's Ruppertsberg 2014

The Society's Ruppertsberg 2014

Pfalz

60% Silvaner, 40% Riesling

WINERY: Ruppertsberger

www.ruppertsberger.de

The Wine Society

RRP: £12.00

Rich, honeyed nose. Good concentration on the palate with vibrant and complex stonefruit flavours and a long finish

Iphöfer JuliusEchter-Berg Silvaner Großes Gewächs 2014

Iphöfer JuliusEchter-Berg Silvaner Großes Gewächs 2014

Franken

100% Silvaner

WINERY: Hans Wirsching

www.thewinebarn.co.uk

RRP: £30.35

Fragrant, smoky nose. Well balanced with refreshing citrus flavours.

 


PINOT NOIR


Johann Wolf Pinot Noir2

Johann Wolf Pinot Noir 2014

Pfalz

100% Pinot Noir

WINERY: Johann Wolf

www.villawolf.com

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: Waitrose

RRP: £9.99

Perfumed nose with red berry aromas. Clean palate with soft tannins and clean acidity. Excellent value.

Gau-Odernheimer Spätburgunder 2014

Gau-Odernheimer Spätburgunder 2014

Rheinhessen

100% Pinot Noir

WINERY: Becker-Landgraf

www.becker-landgraf.de

IMPORTER: The Winery

RRP: £16.99

Delicate nose with rich black cherry fruit flavours and a touch of oak. Long and lingering.

Spatburgunder 2012

Spatburgunder 2012

Rheinhessen

100% Pinot Noir

WINERY: Steitz

www.weingut-steitz.de

IMPORTER: Chix & Buck

RRP: £25

Displays excellent varietal character - savoury, forrest floor and red berry nose. Fresh and clean with good length.



Recher Herenberg Pinot Noir 2012

Recher Herenberg Pinot Noir 2012

Ahr

100% Pinot Noir

WINERY: Jean Stodden

www.stodden.de

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: ABS Wine Agencies, Bottle Apostle, Eurovines, Wineservice, Winearray, Bentley's Wine Merchants, Buy Fine Wine

RRP: £42.99

Ripe and precise with clear varietal character. Juicy berries on the palate and a long, velvety finish. Fabulous.



SEEKING IMPORTERS


Slice of Paradise 2015

Slice of Paradise 2015

Nahe

100% Riesling

WINERY: Korrell Johanneshof

www.korrell.com

Aromas of fresh lime and peach with a crisp, pure palate and good length.

Pfeffingen Dry Riesling

Pfeffingen Dry Riesling 2014

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Pfeffingen

www.pfeffingen.de

Jan Eymael
+49 (0) 6322 8607

Warm and slatey on the nose with a cool, crisp palate. A classy Riesling.

Bürgergarten Riesling Spätlese 2014

Bürgergarten Riesling Spätlese 2014

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Müller-Catoir

http://www.mueller-catoir.de

Andrea Müller
+44 (0) 6321 2815

Ripe citrus on the nose, pure and balanced on the palate.



Riesling 1999

Riesling 1999

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Nikolaus Köwerich

www.weingutkoewerich.de

Nick Köwerich
+49 (0) 6507 4282

Classic Riesling nose. Fresh with good balance, length and complexity. Good value.

Riesling 2014

Riesling 2014

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Bastgen

www.weingut-bastgen.de

Armin Vogel
+49 6535 933092

Ripe citrus aromas with zesty lemon juice on the palate. Well balanced.

Grauer Burgunder S Trocken 2014

Grauer Burgunder S Trocken 2014

Nahe

100% Pinot Gris

WINERY: Albert Gälweiler

www.gaelweiler-wein.de

Dr Leo Gälweiler
+49 (0) 6706 405

Ripe, floral nose with some minerality and zesty pear flavours. Very good value.



Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Pinot Gris

WINERY: Becker

www.becker-weine.com

Stefanie Wild
+49 (0) 6138 1742

Fruity aromas of apple and pear with a hint of custard. Clean, tropical flavours and excellent length and acidity.

Grauburgunder Barrique 2013

Grauburgunder Barrique 2013

Baden

100% Pinot Gris

WINERY: Philipp Lang

www.lang-weine.de

Philipp Lang
+49 (0) 7664 59283

Sweet pear and green apple nose with lovely herbaceous flavours and excellent balance

Edition Philipp Bassler Grauburgunder Trocken 2014

Edition Philipp Bassler Grauburgunder Trocken 2014

Pfalz

100% Pinot Gris

WINERY: Winzergenossenschaft Weinbiet

www.wg-weinbiet.de

Gabi Klein
+44 (0) 6321 6797-0

Lots of lievly stone fruit flavours on the nose. Excellent minerality and a honeyed mouthfeel.



Weissburgunder Trocken 2015

Weissburgunder Trocken 2015

Pfalz

100% Pinot Blanc

WINERY: Thorsten Krieger

www.weingut-thorsten-krieger.de

Thorsten Krieger, Eva König
+49 (0) 6323 704998

Rich, oatmealy nose. Tingling and ripe on the palate with a touch of creaminess. Beautifully balanced.

Silvaner Reserve 2014

Silvaner Reserve 2014

Rheinhessen

100% Silvaner

WINERY: Lisa Bunn

www.lisa-bunn.de

Lisa Bunn
+49 6133 59290

Citrus and sherbet aromas with a creamy texture and ripe fruit flavours.

Der Wilde Silvaner 2014

Der Wilde Silvaner 2014

Franken

100% Silvaner

WINERY: Weigand

www.weingut-weigand.de

Andrea Weigand
+49 (0) 9323 3805

Clean and fresh with good weight and texture.



Harxheimer Lieth Silvaner Trocken 2014

Harxheimer Lieth Silvaner Trocken 2014

Rheinhessen

100% Silvaner

WINERY: Werther Windisch

www.werther-windisch.de

Jens Windisch
+49 (0) 6138 9417665

Classic Silvaner displaying real depth and mineral character. Well balanced.

Silvaner Wein von 3 2014

Silvaner Wein von 3 2014

Franken

100% Silvaner

Wein von 3

http://www.weinvon3.de

Alexander von Halem
+49 (0) 9325 716641

Clean, clear and crisp with stone fruit flavours and a lingering finish.

Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Sauvignon Blanc

WINERY: Weingut Julius

www.weingut-julius.de

Christine Julius
+49 (0) 6244 919350

Characteristic Sauvignon with tropical fruit flavours and a hint of sherbet.



Scheurebe 2014

Scheurebe 2014

Sachsen

100% Scheurebe

WINERY: Schloss

Wackerbarth

www.schloss-wackerbarth.de

Nellie Seehars

+49 (0) 351/8955 343

Grapefruit aromas and a clean, crystalline texture. Nicely done.

Kreuznacher Scheurebe Feinherb 2014

Kreuznacher Scheurebe Feinherb 2014

Nahe

100% Scheurebe

WINERY: SJ Montigny

www.weingut-montigny.de

Emma Pleitz
+49 (0) 671 48313040

Aromas of lemon zest with juicy pear on the palate and a clean, delicate finish

Huxelrebe 2015

Huxelrebe 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Huxelrebe

WINERY: Dr Hinkel

www.hinkelwein.de

Dr Roland Hinkel
+49 (0) 6733 368

Rich and ripe with tropical fruit flavours. A great value dessert wine.



Lerchenspiel Rieslaner Auslese 2015

Lerchenspiel Rieslaner Auslese 2015

Pfalz

100% Rieslaner

WINERY: am Kaiserbaum

www.weingut-am-kaiserbaum.de

Gerald Hundinger
+44 6238 3562

Classy and elegant nose with a well balanced palate of honey and lemon peel.

Kalkriff Spätburgunder 2013

Kalkriff Spätburgunder 2013

Pfalz

100% Pinot Noir

WINERY: Hanewald-Schwerdt

www.hanewald-schwerdt.de

Stephan Schwerdt
+49 (0) 6322 63206

Juicy and bright with red fruit flavours and a good tannic structure. Fine and elegant.

Pinot Noir >GC> Castellberg 2013

Pinot Noir >GC> Castellberg 2013

Baden

100% Pinot Noir

WINERY: Martin Waßmer

http://www.weingut-wassmer.de

Martin Waßmer
+49 (0) 7633 15292

Ripe red berries on the nose with a savoury palate and fine, integrated oak. Structured and silky. Very smart.



Fass No.IV (Barrel No.IV) 2013

Fass No.IV (Barrel No.IV) 2013

Württemberg

70% Lemberger, 30% Pinot

Noir

WINERY: G.A. Heinrich

www.weingut-heinrich.de

Björn Heinrich
+49 7131 175948

Juicy and fresh with lovely balance and a soft, spicy finish.