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Winner Details

Germany

Our tasters always look forward to the German section of SWA, and it didn’t disappoint this year. It rarely does. And while our Golds might have dipped slightly on the last couple of years, it was heartening to see the overall medal count more than double on last year.

True, one or two tasters were slightly underwhelmed with the Rieslings – one described them as ‘not as thrilling as they’d hoped for’ – but by the Medals stage of judging we had a strong selection of wines to choose from across the board, and it showed.

This was a beautifully balanced part of our list, with a Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), a well-priced Burgundy-substitute Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and a ladder of classically attractive Rieslings. Entries in this section weren’t necessarily what you’d call cheap (only one medal under £10), but nor were they over-inflated. Just very good wines at fair prices, and the Weil Pinot was a thoroughly deserved Critics’ Choice winner.

From The Tasting Teams

‘At the entry level the Rieslings were easy to drink, even for people that aren’t very familiar with the grape, as there’s ripeness and maturity.’ Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome

‘Reds like this are an exciting category for a wine list, and quite versatile – you can pair them with more intricate dishes.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘It’s always worth looking beyond Riesling when it comes to Germany, but it’s a niche market, and a high-end market too.’ Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting

‘What we usually love about Riesling is its tension, and its liveliness; it makes you think “do I drink it, or does it drink me?”’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

‘I thought some of the expensive wines were a little bit overrated. I expected more at £30 and £40. The medium-sweet Rieslings were particularly good though, with very strong varietal character, great acidity and sweetness, yet not cloying. Lots of life and bright fruit.’ Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO

‘The reds were very practical, especially for contemporary wine lists. They’re great for a second or third glass, because the acidity is a bit higher, and good for a by-the-glass offering.’ Riccardo Guzzardo, Hakkasan Mayfair

‘The off-dry Rieslings were the best. They’re really practical wines for the on trade. You can serve a bottle as an aperitif.’ Elisa Soggia, Trivet

‘To find something different with similar characteristics to Burgundy, Baden is the place to go.’ Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club

Award winners

Found 24 wines

Germany

Egon Müller, QBA Riesling 2018, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

'Pretty fantastic, with lots going on. Notes of stone fruits and some tropical notes too, with minerality to balance and some good intensity.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'Clean and tropical notes, as well as blossom, honeysuckle and elderflower, with a hint of development. These sit alongside light petrol hints and some grapey characters too, leading to a great, elegant finish.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome.

£31.98 Top Selection

Robert Weil, Kiedricher, Riesling Trocken 2018, Rheingau, Germany

Gold medal winner

'A well-built wine that's young and powerful, with some bright citrus zest notes as well as ripe tropical fruits.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'This is very light and poised, with some white tea and jasmine on the nose leading to vibrant acidity rubbed with lemon zest and green apple. A balanced and light wine, but with great structure too.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

£20.51 Bibendum

Franz Keller, Vom Löss, Spätburgunder 2018, Baden, Germany

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

'Intense liquorice and black fruit aromas leading to a lighter palate with a cherry yoghurt character, and with good length that stays on the fruit.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Good fruit content, with some real flashiness on the palate, alongside some well-balanced spice notes. This is super fresh, but with great structure too.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards.

£14.50 Weingut Franz Keller

Franz Keller, Oberbergener Pulverbuck, Weissburgunder 2017, Baden, Germany

Gold medal winner

'Burgundian in style, with plenty of citrus and stone fruit all wrapped in puff pastry and accompanied by vanilla cream. A wonderfully balanced palate with a creamy texture.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'Dry, ripe yellow stone fruits and apple alongside delicate blossom hints and a fresh tropical note of pineapple, with a clean finish and vibrant acidity.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome.

£23.63 Weingut Franz Keller

Bischöfliche, Ayler Kupp, Late Harvest, Riesling 2017, Mosel, Germany

Gold medal winner

'A charming nose with some floral notes as well as ripe yellow fruit, and a concentrated palate with tropical fruit and an energetic finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader.'A super wine that ticks all the boxes - juicy, elegant, refreshing and clean, calling out for another glass, either with or without food.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'Elegant, lively and appetising.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£12.75 Boutinot

Kopp, Spätburgunder Roter Porphyr 2016, Baden, Germany

Silver medal winner

'Clear and crunchy red fruits alongside a rich and textured palate, following some pleasing herbal and spicy complexity on the nose, with juicy red fruits. Good structure.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards. Earthy and interesting, with dusty red fruits and a fine and supple palate.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£18.40 Bibendum

Markus Molitor, Riesling Alte Reben 2015, Mosel, Germany

Silver medal winner

'Lifted, complex notes of citrus and floral characteristics, with an unctuous mouthfeel.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'This is full of flavour, with some great citrus and flinty aromas, and some petrol, leading to a dry, elegant palate with quince jelly and roasted lemon notes, and a creamy texture.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£18.99 Bibendum

Robert Weil, Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2018, Rheingau, Germany

Silver medal winner

'Stunning quality here, with open aromas of tropical fruit and lemon posset leading to an elegant palate with great acidity.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Rich green apple and lemon rind, with a hint of flint on the nose. The palate has linear acidity that brightens everything, with lemon, orange blossom and a hint of tropical fruit. The finish and structure carry this brilliantly.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club.

£17.43 Bibendum

Franz Keller, Achkarrer Schlossberg, Grauburgunder 2017, Baden, Germany

Silver medal winner

'Moderately oaked and super zippy, this has loads of character, with lots of butter and nuts, peach and flint.' Andres Ituarte, team leader. 'Yellow fruit and some candied citrus aromas lead to a complex palate with ripe fruit, nuts and a hint of brioche. This needs food.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£36.68 Weingut Franz Keller

Schatzel, Riesling Kabinett 2017, Rheinhessen, Germany

Silver medal winner

'Gunflint and green grass, with a wet-rock minerality on the nose, and a palate that's bursting with lemon and sherbert, grapefruit pith and pineapple. The acidity is bright and vibrant, with a long finish ending in violet and rose petal.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club. 'An off-dry palate with great acidity.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£19.73 Top Selection

Leitz, Berg Schlossberg, Riesling 2016, Rheingau, Germany

Silver medal winner

'This has a nose of grapefruit, slate, a touch of clotted cream, and tarragon, with a fresh, elegant palate and a long mineral and nutty finish. One to list in fine-dining restaurants.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'Great intensity of ripe, bright stone fruits and lemon, with complex aromas and lingering minerality.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.

£30.72 Enotria&Coe

Kreuzberg, Spätburgunder Trocken 2018, Ahr, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'Bright, fresh red cherry, with a bit of cranberry and strawberry too - an easy-drinking wine with crisp acidity.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'With plum and cherry notes, this is a fruit-driven, summery red wine.' Riccardo Guzzardo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Fresh red fruit with a hint of spice and high minerality.' Jan Van Heesvelde, L’Enclume.

£11.90 Weinhaus Kreuzberg UG

Kopp, Spätburgunder 2016, Baden, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'A muscular wine with a singular personality! This has an opulent nose with potpourri of dried red flowers, becoming more gentle on the palate.' Riccardo Guzzardo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Savoury, dry and light-bodied, with some earthy spice and red fruits.' Victoria Sharples, St John Restaurant Group.

£14.29 Bibendum

Robert Weil, Kiedrich Gräfenberg, Riesling Trocken 2017, Rheingau, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'With jasmine blossom, rosewater and orange blossoms on the nose, this is wonderfully delicate and poised, and very linear.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club. 'Ripe, fresh pink grapefruit flavours - this is well-balanced, with good acidity and length.' Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine.

£42.53 Bibendum

Markus Molitor, Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese 2013, Mosel, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'Petrol and diesel aromas, with mature, honeyed peach fruits, and a slight varnish note on the nose too.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'Honeysuckle and honeyed apple notes, with some petrol minerality, joined by dried mango and pineapple.' Tom Forrest, team leader.

£38.59 Bibendum

Markus Molitor, Haus Klosterberg, Mosel Riesling 2018, Mosel, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'A fresh nose of wild flowers and lemon zest, with some gingerbread notes, leading to vibrant acidity on the palate, with minerality and a ripe citrus finish.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'Good quality Riesling with enough fruit and acidity to support the residual sugar.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.

£12.53 Bibendum

Peth-Wetz, Estate, Spätburgunder 2018, Rheinhessen, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'Plum and red flowers upfront, with spices coming up gently as the personality of the terroir becomes more present. Good tannins, and a pleasure to drink.' Riccardo Guzzardo, Hakkasan Mayfair. 'Vibrant red fruits, with some attractive tertiary forest floor notes. An elegant wine that represents the style well.' Jade Koch, team leader.

£11.42 Bibendum

Schloss Johannisberg, Silver Seal, Riesling Grosses Gewächs Trocken 2018, Rheingau, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'Sherbet notes overlay deeper citrus and peony, with a full palate of baked citrus fruit.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'Jasmine and light blossom on the nose, over a hint of rich pineapple and stone fruits.' Tim Handley, Royal Automobile Club. 'A rich and complex wine, but it needs some time.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome.

£43.27 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bischöfliche , DOM, Riesling Dry 2018, Mosel, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'A fresh and citrusy nose, with some crushed stones to complement, leading to a crisp palate with refreshing acidity and a lemon-zest finish. A good gastropub or brasserie listing.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'Nice aromas of stone fruit, and a palate that's harmoniously elegant.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£8.85 Boutinot

Weegmüller, Scheurebe Trocken 2018, Pfalz, Germany

Bronze medal winner

'Tropical notes on the nose lead to a waxy palate with honey, white peach and a lychee finish, with clean and fine acidity.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome. 'Floral characteristics overlay citrus notes, with some nuances of stone fruits on an aromatic palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£15.32 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Peth-Wetz, Estate, Riesling 2018, Rheinhessen, Germany

Commended medal winner

£9.04 Bibendum

Peth-Wetz, Unfiltered Riesling 2018, Rheinhessen, Germany

Commended medal winner

£13.12 Bibendum

Kloster Eberbach, Estate Pinot Noir 2016, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£16.00 Boutinot

Leitz, Magic Mountain, Riesling 2018, Rheingau, Germany

Commended medal winner

£15.34 Enotria&Coe

 

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