The Top 50 Wines of Germany

Top 50 Wines

Please find this year’s Top 50 Wines of Germany below.

On Tuesday 14th March, five key members of the UK wine trade met at The Sampler in South Kensington to seek out this year’s Top 50 wines, whittling down hundreds of entries. Wines of Germany selected a panel of experts who tasted through each wine blind; this year’s panel includes: Roger Jones (Owner, Harrow at Little Bedwyn), James Comyn (Trade Sales Director, Howard Ripley), Christina Schneider (Sommelier, Somsaa Restaurant), Jane Parkinson (Freelance wine writer and TV personality) and Beth Willard (Buyer, Direct Wines).

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.

The wines will be presented for the first time at the Wines of Germany trade tasting G String on 9th May 2017.

The Wines of Germany Top 50 2016 selection will be showcased at the following events in 2017:

The Panel

Top 50 Panel

IMPORTED RIESLING £5-£10


Kendermanns Special Edition Riesling 2016

Kendermanns Special Edition Riesling 2016

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Reh Kendermann

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Waitrose

STOCKIST: Waitrose

RRP: £7.49

A fresh, attractive nose with a oral, salty palate. A good balance of fruit and a luscious, full avour.

I Heart Riesling 2015

I Heart Riesling 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Riesling

WINERY:

Henkell Weinvertrieb

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Copestick Murray

STOCKIST: Ocado

RRP: £7

Pretty oral aromas, with great racy acidity and minerality. A great-value wine.

Devil's Rock Riesling 2016

Devil's Rock Riesling 2016

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Binderer St Ursula

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: Off Piste Wines

STOCKIST: Co-op

RRP: £5.99

Clean and fresh, with notes of juicy peach on the palate and a fruity nish.



Riesling Grey Slate 2015

Riesling Grey Slate 2015

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Dr Loosen

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: Waitrose RRP: £9.99

A luscious, full- avoured wine with bright and clean fruit. Notes of sea air.

The Society's Saar Riesling 2014 Mosel

The Society's Saar Riesling 2014 Mosel

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: The Wine Society

STOCKIST: The Wine Society

RRP: £9.50

Off-dry, with exotic, lychee and pretty citrus avours. Textured, with fresh acidity on the nish.

 



IMPORTED RIESLING £11-£20


Steinwiege Riesling 2015

Steinwiege Riesling 2015

Württemberg

100% Riesling

WINERY: Schnaitmann

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: Alexander Wines, Duncan Murray Wines, Field & Fawcett, George Hill, Honest Grapes, Lant Street, Old Butchers Wine Cellar, Villeneuve Wines

RRP: £15.99

Intense grapefruit, crunchy green apple and lime. Well-balanced, with slate, mineral and wet riverstone notes.

Neu-Bamberger Riesling 2015

Neu-Bamberger Riesling 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Riesling

WINERY: Christian Steitz

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: The Wine Parlour

STOCKIST: The Wine Parlour

RRP: £18.33

Lychee on the nose with a well-balanced palate of pleasant lime and eshy stone fruit.

Riesling 2016

Riesling 2016

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Winter

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: SWIG

STOCKIST: SWIG, Oxford Wine Company, Good Wine Shop

RRP: £14.50

Full- avoured, balanced and vibrant with clean citrus fruit. Flavours of peach and lemon curd.



Peter & Ulrich Griebeler Riesling 2016

Peter & Ulrich Griebeler Riesling 2016

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Heinrichshof

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Majestic/Flint

STOCKIST: Majestic

RRP: £11.99

Grapefruit, passion fruit and soft citrus fruit. A zesty nish and a very approachable style.

Mittelheimer Edelmann Riesling 2016

Mittelheimer Edelmann Riesling 2016

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Bernhard Mehrlein

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Indigo Wine

STOCKIST: Indigo Wine

RRP: £11.00

Lovely tropical and smokey nose, juicy on the palate. A good value wine.

50 degrees Riesling 2015

50 degrees Riesling 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: JWG Johannisberger Weinvertrieb

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Copestick Murray

STOCKIST: Butcher & Grill, Latitude Wine, Wine Cellar IoM

RRP: £11.00

Pink grapefruit and a touch of tropical fruit. Stoney, inty and pleasant savoury notes.



Riesling Spätlese 2014

Riesling Spätlese 2014

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Ulrich Langguth

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: Virgin Wines

STOCKIST: Virgin Wines

RRP: £14.99

Tropical, fruity nose with apricot and mango on the palate. Full- avoured, with a juicy nish.

Beetle Riesling 2015

Beetle Riesling 2015

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Weingut Zur Römerkelter

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Vintage Roots

STOCKIST: Vintage Roots

RRP: £11.50

Bright, fresh, spritzy and vibrant. Very drinkable and good value.

Devon Riesling 2015

Devon Riesling 2015

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Richard Böcking

STYLE: Dry/medium dry

IMPORTER: SWIG

STOCKIST: SWIG

RRP: £18.50

Deep avour and texture, with a inty and smoky character. Soft, evolving fruit with notes of pink grapefruit, lychee and orange.



Asia de Cuba 2015

Asia de Cuba 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Riesling

WINERY: Hiestand

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: Virgin Wines

STOCKIST: Virgin Wines

RRP: £11.99

Well-balanced, full- avoured and off-dry with luscious stone fruit on the palate. A lively, fresh and zingy wine.

Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Zeppelin 2016

Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Zeppelin 2016

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Max Ferdinand Richter

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: Charles Taylor Wines

STOCKIST: Laithwaite's, Drinkmonger, Latitude Wine, City Wine Collection, Prohibition, Park and Bridge, Martinez, Whalley Wine Shop, Davis, Bell & McCraith, Dulwich Vintners, Exmoor Wines

RRP: £13-£15

Stone and int on the nose, with a juicy palate of passion fruit and mango. Luscious, clean and precise with a long nish.

Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2015

Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett 2015

Nahe

100% Riesling

WINERY: Dönnhoff

STYLE: Off dry

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: Alexander Wines, Averys, Bancroft, Bottle Apostle, Clarion, Cru London, D Byrne, Four Walls Wine, Goedhuis, H2Vin, Howard Ripley, The Wine Society, Justerini & Brooks, Les Caves de Pyrene, Tanners Wine, Taylors Fine Wine, The Halifax Wine Co, Uncorked

RRP: £18.50

Pretty nose, a very seductive palate and lovely sweetness. Off-dry but well-balanced with delicate tropical avours.



Oppenheim Herrenberg Riesling Auslese 2015

Oppenheim Herrenberg Riesling Auslese 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Riesling

WINERY: Louis Guntrum

STYLE: Sweet

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

STOCKIST: Alexander Wines, Brothers Wines, Rannoch Scott Wines, Simply Wines Direct, The General Wine Co, Weavers of Nottingham

RRP: £14.99

Lime, delicate honey and caramelised pineapple. Textured with a nice spritz and a luscious nish. A good value wine.

Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Spätlese 2015

Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Spätlese 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Johannishof, Johannes Eser

STYLE: Sweet

IMPORTER: The Wine Society

STOCKIST: The Wine Society

RRP: £17

Rich and deeply concentrated fruit. Controlled, textured and well-balanced.

 



IMPORTED RIESLING £20+


Hargardun Riesling 2015

Hargardun Riesling 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Bibo Runge

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Delibo

STOCKIST: Delibo

RRP: £22.50

Very steely, with gentle stone fruit. Textured, creamy and evolves beautifully.

Hassel Riesling GG 2014

Hassel Riesling GG 2014

Rheingau

100 % Riesling

WINERY: Barth

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: The Winery

STOCKIST: The Winery

RRP: £35.99

Textured, stony, white- pepper avours. Delicate then precise purity and long nish.

Rabenturm Riesling 2015

Rabenturm Riesling 2015

Rheinhessen

100% Riesling

WINERY: Huff

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: The Winery

STOCKIST: The Winery

RRP: £34.99

Layers of textured avour. Well-balanced, with notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and lychee.



Schellenbrunnen Riesling GG 2014

Schellenbrunnen Riesling GG 2014

Baden

100% Riesling

WINERY: Heitlinger

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Virgin Wines

STOCKIST: Virgin Wines

RRP: £20.99

A savoury, herbaceous nose with a touch of petrol, int and smoke. Apricot, white peach and tropical fruit avours.

Hendelberg Riesling 2015

Hendelberg Riesling 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Prinz

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: The Winery

STOCKIST: The Winery

RRP: £25.99

Bright, fresh and clean with a steely character. Lovely acidity, nice stone fruit and peppery notes.

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Devon Riesling GG 2010

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Devon Riesling GG 2010

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: SA Prüm

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: Delibo

STOCKIST: Delibo

RRP: £36.50

Attractive, grapey nose with a luscious, rich and textured palate. Off-dry, with dried mango and lychee avours.



Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen 2013

Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling Terrassen 2013

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Leitz

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies STOCKIST: Alexander Wines, Ex-Cellar

RRP: £33.49

Precise and well- balanced with attractive fruit and a smokey, long nish. Will get even better with age.

Riesling Gimmeldingen Mandelgarten Spätlese 2015

Riesling Gimmeldingen Mandelgarten Spätlese 2015

Pfalz

100% Riesling

WINERY: Müller-Catoir

STYLE: Medium sweet

IMPORTER: The Wine Society

RRP: £20

Pear on the nose, with a luscious full avour. A fabulous, rich Riesling with good balance and a juicy nish.

Riesling Spätlese Grünlack 2015

Riesling Spätlese Grünlack 2015

Rheingau

100% Riesling

WINERY: Schloss Johannisberg

STYLE: Sweet

IMPORTER: Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines

STOCKIST: Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines

RRP: £38.49

A richly textured, rounded wine with a lovely layer of rich fruit. Notes of citrus, sultanas, spiced apple and honey.



Riesling Spätlese Goldtröpfchen 2015

Riesling Spätlese Goldtröpfchen 2015

Mosel

100% Riesling

WINERY: Nik Weis

STYLE: Sweet

IMPORTER: The WineBarn

STOCKIST: The WineBarn

RRP: £20.75

Savoury nose, ripe but balanced. Flavours of peaches and cream, meringue and ice cream.

   





OTHER WHITE


Grauburgunder 2016

Grauburgunder 2016

Pfalz

100% Grauburgunder

WINERY: Petri

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Lea & Sandeman

STOCKIST: Lea & Sandeman

RRP: £13.50

Crisp fruit, zesty energy and lovely acidity. Flavours of apple blossom, with good length.

Scheu... aber Geil 2016

Scheu... aber Geil 2016

Pfalz

100% Scheurebe

WINERY: Emil Bauer und Söhne

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Red Squirrel Wine

STOCKIST: Last Drop Wines, Red Squirrel Wine

RRP: £16.99

Peach, elder ower and passion fruit. Fresh, with crisp acidity and zesty avour.

The Society's Ruppertsberg 2015

The Society's Ruppertsberg 2015

Pfalz

60% Silvaner, 40% Riesling

WINERY: Ruppertsberger Winzerverein

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: The Wine Society

STOCKIST: The Wine Society

RRP: £6.75

A charming, well- balanced wine with pretty oral notes. A great value wine.



Pinot Blanc Taste the Difference 2015

Pinot Blanc Taste the Difference 2015

Mosel

100% Weissburgunder

WINERY: Weinkellerei Klostor

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Sainsbury's

STOCKIST: Sainsbury's

RRP: £7

A really interesting, light and creamy wine. Very drinkable and good value.

   



IMPORTED SPäTBURGUNDER


Spätburgunder Rosé 2016

Spätburgunder Rosé 2016

Rheingau

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Flick

STYLE: Medium dry

IMPORTER: The Winery

STOCKIST: The Winery

RRP: £14.99

Perky, bright strawberries. Clean, lively and very drinkable wine with lots of lovely fruit.

Grohsmaul Spätburgunder 2013

Grohsmaul Spätburgunder 2013

Rheinhessen

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Groh

STYLE: Dry

IMPORTER: Yorkshire Vintners

STOCKIST: Yorkshire Vintners

RRP: £25

Oak spice, strawberries and ripe plum avours. Juicy, with an attractive, rich texture.

 



Seeking UK representation


Graf von Kanitz Spätburgunder Blanc de Noirs 2015

Graf von Kanitz Spätburgunder Blanc de Noirs 2015

Rheingau

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Graf von Kanitz

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €5.29

Good acidity with notes of lemon and pepper. Medium round body - a very drinkable wine.

Spätburgunder 2015

Spätburgunder 2015

Württemberg

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Sonnenhof

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €3.20

Bright strawberries and slightly smokey. Delicious fruit, very drinkable and good value.

Spätburgunder, 2015

Spätburgunder, 2015

Pfalz

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Thorsten Krieger

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR €4.50

Bright, dark fruit. Fresh, fruity character and great texture.



Spätburgunder 2015

Spätburgunder 2015

Nahe

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Albert Gaelweiler

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €4.54

Rich, spicy tones with a touch of oak. A well-balanced, complex wine with smokiness and juicy fruit.

Spätburgunder Edition Philipp Bassler 2015

Spätburgunder Edition Philipp Bassler 2015

Pfalz

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Winzergenossenschaft Weinbiet eG

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: € 6.30

Oak on the nose with avours of strawberry and attractive tannins.

Spätburgunder Spätlese Alte Reben 2015

Spätburgunder Spätlese Alte Reben 2015

Baden

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Alde Gott Winzer Schwarzwald

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €9

Lovely fruit and a touch of oak. Well-balanced and fruity - a friendly wine.



Spätburgunder Alte Reben 2015

Spätburgunder Alte Reben 2015

Baden

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Schloss Ortenberg

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €12.50

Lots of attractive black fruit on the palate. Plenty of richness and well-balanced.

Spätburgunder 2014

Spätburgunder 2014

Rheinhessen

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Reis & Luff

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €3.50

Pretty, herbal, spicy nose. Light, fresh and attractive - a good value wine.

Spätburgunder, Premiumlinie 2014

Spätburgunder, Premiumlinie 2014

Baden

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: KaiserstüRoshler Winzergenossenschaft Ihringen

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €5.10

Earthy, spicy character with notes of mush- room. An interesting clove spice note and a juicy palate.



Spätburgunder un ltered 2014

Spätburgunder un ltered 2014

Rheinhessen

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Peth-Wetz

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €8.50

Light body with good concentration. Clove spice and a pretty, light palate.

Klingenberg Spätburgunder 2014

Klingenberg Spätburgunder 2014

Franken

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Klingenberg

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €12.29

Vibrant fruit, structure and oak spice, with umami and savoury notes coming through.

Leistadter Kalkofen Spätburgunder, 2013

Leistadter Kalkofen Spätburgunder, 2013

Pfalz

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Hanewald-Schwerdt

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €12.10

Lively fruit with notes of sour cherry. A chocolate and savoury dark-olive nish.



Spätburgunder Eselskreisch 2012

Spätburgunder Eselskreisch 2012

Rheinhessen

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Gunter & Ute Weinmann

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €10.51

Flavours of sweeter fruit, glacé cherry, chocolate and raspberry. Complex avour and texture - a classic wine.

Niersteiner Hölle Pinot Noir

Niersteiner Hölle Pinot Noir

Rheinhessen

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Groehl

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €26.50

Classic evolution and balanced oak. Red fruits, spicy notes and plenty of juicy fruit on the palate.

Spätburgunder Réserve 2012

Spätburgunder Ré bodyserve 2012

Baden

100% Spätburgunder

WINERY: Weinhaus Bimmerle

STYLE: Dry

EX CELLAR: €33.42

Rich fruit, eshy and nice use of oak. Hints of spice and a good middle palate.