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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > Germany

Winner Details

Germany


2017 Gold: 6 Silver: 6 Bronze: 2 Commended: 9
2016 Gold: 4 Silver: 10 Bronze: 1 Commended: 4

It is, testament to a) the winemaking team at Reh Kendermann, b) the 2011 vintage and c) the consistency of our SWA judges, but the same year of their Closheim Riesling has now picked up Gold in this competition for FOUR years on the trot. It would be impressive enough for a port to last this long, but for a sub-£9 Riesling? They must have put Kryptonite in it.

Such an extraordinary performance even overshadowed Schloss Johannisberg – a mere stripling with just three successive Golds.

This was a good performance by Germany, with Riesling Golds at dry and late-harvest, and a much-deserved Pinot (Spätburgunder), too.

STAR PERFORMER

It’s the vintage that wouldn’t die… and that kept on picking up Gold. A fourth consecutive Gold for the 2011 Reh Kendermann Closheim Riesling. Frankly, we are speechless.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘You need to spend more money to get the really good wines from Germany. In that sense it’s like Burgundy.’Tim McLaughlin-Green, Sommelier’s Choice

‘This is exactly why Riesling struggles – there were so many different styles…’Neil Tabraham, Paris House

‘These are great if you want a wine that you can taste the wine and it enhances what you’re eating. Riesling is a wine lovers’ wine but also a food lovers’ wine.’ Rebecca Coates, consultant sommelier

‘Spätburgunder from Germany is underrated. They are absolutely up there. Sometimes I enjoy it more than Burgundy thanks to the fleshier mid-palate.’Laurent Richet MS, team leader

 

Award winners

Found 23 wines

Germany

Prinz von Hessen, Dachsfilet, Riesling 2013, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner

This took Gold for its ‘very tasty, savoury style,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, who found ‘slight phenolic grip, texture suggesting the use of large oak, complexity with notes of sweet spices and soy sauce’, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighting ‘fresh asparagus and rosemary notes on the nose, elegant development with Cox apples and sweet herbs on the finish’. ‘Complex and very well balanced, harmonious, some bitter notes, but clean aftertaste with hints of butter and almond,’ added Simon Cassina of Winexponent. A perfect pairing with poulet de Bresse, suggested team leader Olivier Marie.

£20.30 Bibendum

Reh Kendermann, Konrad Closheim, Löhrer Berg, Single Vineyard, Riesling 2011, Nahe, Germany

Gold medal winner

This had it all: generous fruit, minerality and some spice. A definite Gold. ‘Ripe stone fruits with honeysuckle notes and a core of fresh acidity, and a creamy mid-palate from the lees,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, while Federico Forte of Plateau found ‘spicy, sweet pear with notes of mango and lychee, hints of saffron spice, flinty mineral flavours on a very well-balanced palate’. 'An amazing, elegant wine, and a match for seared foie gras,' concluded team leader Olivier Marie.

£8.75 Greene King

Andreas Bender, Hofpäsch, Riesling Auslese 2015, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

Honeyed sweetness and candied citrus helped to elevate this to Gold. ‘Sweet orange fruit and floral blossom aromas, a touch of botrytis on a sweet, full and rounded palate,’ began Neil Tabraham of Paris House, with team leader Simon Woods also finding it ‘juicy, tender, lively and ripe, showing tangy but gentle crystallised pineapple and orange zest on a palate with lovely balance’. Team leader Lionel Periner thought this ideal alongside 'peached pear in saffron, with shortbread and honey milk sorbet'.

£13.87 Indigo Wine

Paulinshof, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr, Riesling Spätlese Trocken 2014, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

Judges had nothing but praise for this Gold Lister. ‘Complex style with green apple fruit aromas, sweet spices, touches of saffron,’ began Simon Cassina of Winexponent, who found ‘intensity on the palate, honeysuckle richness with an intense aftertaste, it’s gorgeous!’ Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noted ‘light camomile aromas with suggestions of Sauternes, sweet lychee fruit and fresh mint leaf on the palate, with a charming finish’. 'A lovely vibrancy and zestiness on the nose, leading to an abundance of ripe peaches and apricots, with a rounded creaminess. Moreish. I want more!' concluded JKS Restaurants's Sunaina Sethi.

£18.41 Enotria&Coe

Dreissigacker, Wunderwerk, Spätburgunder 2013, Rheinhessen, Germany

Gold medal winner

This wowed our judges, who consequently elevated it to Gold. ‘Aromatic plum and vanilla aromas, concentrated and full on the palate, quite juicy and really long,’ began Le Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS, with Luciana Girotto-Beckett of Macellaio RC noting ‘serious, tannic, but lovely and fresh with crushed berries on the palate’. 'Very perfumed, leading to a red berries and spicy white pepper on the palate. This could be served on the colder side, with beef carpaccio and a green bean salad,' suggested team leader Laurent Richet MS.

£22.19 Liberty Wines

Schloss Johannisberg, Riesling Auslese 2012, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Judges unanimously granted this Gold, and were generous in their praise. ‘Rich and fruity, grippy on the palate, ripe and honeyed,’ began team leader Simon Woods, who was impressed with its ‘lovely profile of peach and passion fruit, good depth and great length’, while Cavalry & Guards Club’s Andre Luis Martins thought it ‘classic, with white flowers and rich tropical fruit, like ripe mango’. Jason Atherton Group’s Stefan Kobald praised ‘ripe, candied fruits with vanilla and saffron, with a creamy, honeyed palate with candle wax and petrol, and bright acidity’. An excellent match for passion fruit bavarois, suggested The Don Restaurant’s Arnaud Fiol.

£42.24 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Andreas Bender, Dajoar, Zenit, Riesling 2014, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

Team leader Simon Woods found it a ‘quite spicy, broad-shouldered style with some earthy quince and fennel notes in with the citrus’, while Neil Tabraham of Paris House liked its ‘lovely Riesling tropical nose, warm ripe fruits and nice balance of acidity and length’.

£13.10 Indigo Wine

Einig Zenzen, Dr Zenzen, 1636, Riesling Hochgewächs 2015, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

‘Petrol aromas, grassy fresh with nettle notes, makes you really want to get your nose in the glass,’ began Simon Cassina of Winexponent, finding ‘a clean palate of sweet baked apples and a pinch of cinnamon, lime and fresh acidity’.

£5.26 CellarVino

Louis Guntrum, Pinot Noir 2014, Rheinhessen, Germany

Silver medal winner

Luciana Girotto-Beckett of Macellaio RC was impressed with its ‘floral and perfumed, yet intense red berry nose’, finding a ‘medium-bodied palate with meaty and floral notes, long and fresh with soft tannins’. ‘Really juicy and well made, lovely refreshing finish,’ addedLe Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS.

£10.31 Matthew Clark

Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett 2014, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

‘Fantastic aromas of melon and ripe pineapple, as well as tertiary notes of kerosene and slate,’ began an enthusiastic Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels, continuing: ‘The palate is complex, showing vibrant limey acidity, with great minerals complementing the fruit structure. Fantastically well-made wine.’ ‘Taut and tense, full yet refined, lithe and generous, all reined in by crisp acidity,’ added team leader Simon Woods.

£15.68 Matthew Clark

Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Spätlese 2014, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

Neil Tabraham of Paris House enjoyed its ‘lovely, petrolly Riesling nose, limes and citrus, with pineapple and baked lemons on the palate, which is long and fresh’, while Charles Van Wyk of FJB Hotels remarked on its ‘aromas of ripe stone fruits along with hints of slate, a sensational coated mouthfeel packed with ripe melon, peach and pineapple, attractive, refreshing acidity and a long finish’.

£22.43 Matthew Clark

Schloss Johannisberger, Green Seal, Riesling Spätlese 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Silver medal winner

‘Pure slate and minerality, very persistent on the palate, clean with great balance and a great finish,’ began Tim McLaughlin-Green of Sommelier’s Choice, with team leader Simon Woods highlighting ‘lots of power, but piercing acidity, an excellent style, powerful but restrained, with suggestions of strawberry, red fruit and vanilla’.

£29.99 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Dreissigacker, Geyersberg, Riesling Trocken 2012, Rheinhessen, Germany

Bronze medal winner

‘Charming mineral and petrolly aromas, ripe peach with notes of green tea on the palate, then a complex finish,’ said Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club, with Federico Forte of Plateau picking up ‘gooseberry, apricot, Williams pear, complex fruit with hints of white pepper, mango and grapefruit’.

£29.28 Liberty Wines

Schloss Johannisberger, Yellow Seal, Riesling Feinherb 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Bronze medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club enjoyed its ‘lemon flower with light, sweet herb aromas, sweet white peach fruit on the palate with fresh minerality and an elegant finish’.

£16.94 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Markus Molitor, Haus Klosterberg, Riesling 2015, Mosel, Germany

Commended medal winner

£9.96 Bibendum

Prinz von Hessen, H Riesling 2014, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£10.72 Bibendum

Prinz von Hessen, Riesling Kabinett 2013, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£13.75 Bibendum

Dr Loosen, Villa Wolf, Riesling 2015, Pfalz, Germany

Commended medal winner

£8.12 Bibendum

Mehrlein, Mittelheimer Edelmann, Riesling Trocken 2016, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£8.31 Indigo Wine

Axel Pauly, Bernkastler, Riesling, Kabinett Trocken 2015, Mosel, Germany

Commended medal winner

£13.14 Liberty Wines

Axel Pauly, Helden, Riesling Trocken 2014, Mosel, Germany

Commended medal winner

£16.94 Liberty Wines

Schloss Vollrads, Volratz 1573, Riesling Trocken 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£10.44 Liberty Wines

Schloss Vollrads, Schlossberg, Riesling, Grosses Gewächs 2015, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£23.34 Liberty Wines

 

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