Germany

German Wines


For centuries the most admired wines of Germany, once as highly priced as First Growth Claret, were Rieslings. Sadly history and reputation became blurred in the post-war period as growers pursued volume from lesser varieties. Now the Liebfraumilch era is over, and the focus is firmly back on quality.


The big debate now is how dry you like your wine. The Germans demand dry Riesling as an accompaniment to food. Elsewhere in the world drinkers love the traditional "noble sweet" styles, in ascending order of sweetness from Kabinett to Spatlese to Auslese and beyond.


We keep a foot in both camps, with both "trocken" (dry) and the more familiar fruity styles in our list. To try to describe these styles in terms of sweetness (i.e. Kabinett as off-dry, Spatlese medium dry) is over-simplistic. The point about these wines is the thrilling balance between natural fruit sugars and acidity. A classic German Riesling has a lovely juicy attack, fruit and minerality (which is often expressed as pepper and spice) on the mid palate and a refreshing, citrussy finish. It is ridiculous to dismiss these wines as "sweet". Sadly too many people won’t try these wines at all, yet when they do they often love them. Kabinetts and Spatleses make the most delicious aperitifs, and the sweeter Ausleses are lovely for drinking after dinner (but not with pudding). Finally, these wines are excellent, with their appealing fruit and very low alcohol levels, for introducing teenagers to wine (we need the next generation of customers!).


A simple guide to decoding the names of the wines: the first word is usually the name of the village, but with -er added. The second is the name of the vineyard. Thus Urziger Wurzgarten translates as the spice garden vineyard at Urzig.

Germany

  • Dr Loosen, Urziger Wurzgarten, Riesling Kabinett, 2013

    Product Code: DRL213

    Dr Loosen, Urziger Wurzgarten, Riesling Kabinett, 2013

    “From the dramatically steep, fmaed "spice garden" vineyard above Urzig. Surprisingly exotic flavours - lime, pink grapefruit and passion...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Mosel
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
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  • Walt, Riesling, Pfalz, Germany, 2017

    Product Code: WAL117

    Walt, Riesling, Pfalz, Germany, 2017

    “The Pfalz region near Alsace is perhaps better known for dry Riesling, but this is in the traditional style, which delivers an appealing balance...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Pfalz
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11%
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  • Donnhoff, Oberhauser Leistenberg, Riesling Kabinett, 2013

    Product Code: DON113

    Donnhoff, Oberhauser Leistenberg, Riesling Kabinett, 2013

    “Perfect Kabinett from the top grower in the Nahe: featherlight and delicious. Now-2022”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Nahe
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 9.5%
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  • Guntrum, Louis Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen, 2016

    Product Code: GUN216

    Guntrum, Louis Dry Riesling, Rheinhessen, 2016

    “With just under 7 grams of residual sugar, this dry Riesling is nicely balanced, offering citrus and stone fruit. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Riesling
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Dr Loosen, Estate Riesling, Mosel, 2016

    Product Code: DRL116

    Dr Loosen, Estate Riesling, Mosel, 2016

    “Loosen’s entry level, off-dry Riesling is a benchmark Mosel example, showing classic sweetness and acid balance. Ripe lemon and green apple, fruity...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
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  • Leitz, Eins-Zwei-Dry, Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, 2016

    Product Code: LEI416

    Leitz, Eins-Zwei-Dry, Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, 2016

    “This dry Riesling from Johannes Leitz’s south-facing vineyards above the Rhine won the 2018 International Wine Challenge German White Trophy:...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off-dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2016

    Product Code: DRL216

    Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2016

    “From the brutally steep, red slate vineyard. Delicious flavours – elderflower and lemon sherbet, with just a suggestion of spritz. A bottle can...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Mosel
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
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  • Leitz, Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz, Riesling Spätlese, 2017

    Product Code: LEI217

    Leitz, Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz, Riesling Spätlese, 2017

    “From this well-sited vineyard high above the Rhine, a classic Spätlese with great depth of flavour: orchard fruits, lovely mid-palate sweetness and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off-Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
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  • Dönnhoff, Tonschiefer, Riesling Trocken, 2016

    Product Code: DON516

    Dönnhoff, Tonschiefer, Riesling Trocken, 2016

    “Tonschiefer = clay slate. From low yields in the Leistenberg and Hanglagen vineyards, a stunning dry Riesling: perfumed and penetrating, with some...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Nahe
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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