Tasted: Germany

By / Wine + Drinks / October 30th, 2014 / 3

Germany is the northernmost premium wine-growing region in Europe. Not only are grapes grown in cooler climates but the wine laws and classification system are unique to the continent. Grape ripeness is of great concern to winemakers as these wine laws and classifications are built around the sugar content of the fruit at harvest. Riesling and Gewürztraminer reign supreme in Germany; here are a few of our choices, with the priciest bottle coming in at only $22.

Vollenweider Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Kabinett 2008

Reviewed by: Rick VanSickle
Editor Rating: Excellent
$22
Mosel

Review Summary:
At only 7% alcohol, this German Riesling from the Mosel is a wine you can gulp down all in one sitting … and you just might do that, it’s that good. A lime bomb on the nose, with gunflint, grapefruit and white peach aromas. It dances lightly on the palate with a vibrant core of natural acidity. It’s sweet, yes, but not at all unbalanced. Hold for 5 to 10 years to appreciate the emerging petrol notes.

Gunderloch Fritz’s Riesling 2009

Reviewed by: Tony Aspler
Editor Rating: Very Good
$14
Rheinhessen

Review Summary:
Winemaker Fritz Hasselbach has fashioned a bargain-priced Riesling without sacrificing quality. Deeply coloured with a spicy peach bouquet, the wine is medium bodied and off-dry with flavours of honey, peach and lime.

Badischer Winzerkeller Gewürztraminer 2009

Reviewed by: Sean Wood
Editor Rating: Very Good
$14
Baden Qualitatswein

Review Summary:
Surprisingly elegant varietal bouquet reveals delicate rose petal perfume and a pinch of white pepper. Characteristic apricot flavour is appealingly light with gentle smoothness and unobtrusive acidity. Sterling value.

Dr. Heidemanns–Bergweiler Riesling 2009

Reviewed by: Sean Wood
Editor Rating: Very Good
$16
Mosel Qualitatswein

Review Summary:
Rather shy scents of fresh apple and mineral, though more forthcoming on the palate with lightly sweet, ripe, apple flavour, pleasantly refreshing acidity and a touch of mineral grip. Undemanding and very easy drinking.

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