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in association with wines of germany Wines of Germany Top 50 unveiled Moreish Rieslings and great value Pinot among the 2017 highlights Choosing 50 wines to represent the diversity and excitement of modern German winemaking was the task facing five key members of the UK trade last month. Now in its fourth year, the Wines of Germany Top 50 competition attracts hundreds of entries. The judges’ task is to identify the best examples from some of the world’s best wine growing regions – in one of the UK wine trade’s most beloved countries. Meeting at The Sampler in South Kensington, this year’s panellists included Roger Jones, owner and chef at The Harrow at Little Bedwyn; Beth Willard, wine buyer at Direct Wines; Jane Parkinson, freelance wine writer and broadcaster; Christina Schneider, sommelier at Som Saa; and James Comyn, trade director at Howard Ripley. Nicky Forrest, managing director of Wines of Germany UK, says: “We had a really diverse and high-quality line-up this year, with some fantastic modern labels and interesting new producers. “This year, we’re continuing our focus on wines that are already available in the market but also we are giving an additional push to Pinot Noir wines seeking UK representation. “The tasting demonstrated just how diverse and exciting German wine is at the moment and we’re very excited to be able to unveil the Top 50 Wines of Germany to Judges from left: Beth Willard Wine buyer, Direct Wines • Jane Parkinson Journalist and broadcaster Roger Jones Owner and chef, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn • Christina Schneider Sommelier at Som Saa James Comyn Trade director, Howard Ripley the UK wine trade at our trade tasting G String on May 9.” Beth Willard says the Top 50 “helps provide some external endorsement for the wines so that customers have more faith in the final products, and also provides an avenue for wines not currently imported in the UK by highlighting their quality”. She adds: “I think we’ve all focused so much on newer, bone-dry, zippy Rieslings coming out of Germany – which are great – that there is less focus in the broader UK trade on sweeter styles. But some of the wines we tasted were simply outstanding. Perfectly harmonious and moreish.” Jane Parkinson says: ‘To say I was pleasantly surprised by the Spätburgunders we tasted at Top 50 this year is an understatement. Not in terms of quality, because I’m familiar with that, and confident that Germany already makes excellent Pinot Noir. The surprise came with the number of as yet unimported wines we tasted that had a much better quality-to-price ratio than people typically expect of Spätburgunder.” • The full list of winners appears overleaf – come and taste them all at the Wines of Germany trade tasting G String in London on May 9. Register by emailing GermanWine@thisisphipps.com. THE WINE MERCHANT APRIL 2016 47

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wines of germany top 50 Riesling £5-£10 imported into uk • Pfalz, 2016, Kendermanns Special Edition Riesling, Reh Kendermann, £7.49 • Rheinhessen, 2015, I Heart Riesling, Henkell Weinvertrieb, Copestick Murray, £7 • Pfalz, 2016, Devil’s Rock Riesling, Binderer St Ursula, Off Piste Wines, £5.99 • Mosel, 2015, Grey Slate Riesling, Dr Loosen, Awin Barratt Siegel, £9.99 • Mosel, 2014, The Society’s Saar Riesling, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, The Wine Society, £9.50 Riesling £11-£20 imported into uk • Württemberg, 2015, Steinwiege Riesling, Schnaitmann, Awin Barratt Siegel, £15.99 • Rheinhessen, 2015, Neu-Bamberger Riesling, Christian Steitz, The Wine Parlour, £18.33 • Mosel, 2016, Riesling, Winter, SWIG, £14.50 • Mosel, 2016, Peter & Ulrich Griebeler Riesling, Heinrichshof, Majestic/Flint, £11.99 • Rheingau, 2016, Mittelheimer Edelmann Riesling, Bernhard Mehrlein, Indigo Wine, £11 • Rheingau, 2015, 50 Degrees Riesling, JWG Johannisberger Weinvertrieb, Copestick Murray, £11 • Mosel, 2014, Riesling Spätlese, Ulrich Langguth, Virgin Wines, £14.99 • Mosel, 2015, Beetle Riesling, Zur Römerkelter, Vintage Roots, £11.50 • Mosel, 2015, Devon Riesling, Richard Böcking, SWIG, £18.50 • Rheinhessen, 2015, Asia de Cuba, Hiestand, Virgin Wines, £11.99 • Mosel, 2016, Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling ‘Zeppelin’, Max Ferdinand Richter, Charles Taylor Wines, £13-£15 • Nahe, 2015, Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, Dönnhoff, Awin Barratt Siegel, £18.50 • Rheinhessen, 2015, Oppenheim Herrenberg Riesling Auslese, Louis Guntrum, Awin Barratt Siegel, £14.99 • Rheingau, 2015, Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Spätlese, Johannishof, Johannes Eser, The Wine Society, £17 Riesling £20+ imported into uk • Rheingau, 2015, Hargardun Riesling, Bibo Runge, Delibo Wines, £22.50 • Rheingau, 2014, Hassel Riesling GG, Barth, The Winery, £35.99 • Rheinhessen, 2015, Rabenturn Riesling, Huff, The Winery, £34,99 • Baden, 2014, Schellenbrunnen Riesling GG, Heitlinger, Virgin Wines, £20.99 • Rheingau, 2015, Hendelberg Riesling, Prinz, The Winery, £25.99 • Mosel, 2010, Wehlener Sonnenuhr ‘Devon’ Riesling GG, SA Prüm, Delibo Wines, £36.50 • Rheingau, 2013, Rüdesheimer Berg Kaisersteinfels Riesling ‘Terrassen’, Leitz, Awin Barratt Siegel, £33.49 • Pfalz, 2015, Riesling Gimmeldingen Mandelgarten Spätlese, Müller-Catoir, The Wine Society, £20 • Rheingau, 2015, Riesling Spätlese, Grünlack, Schloss Johannisberg, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines, £38.49 • Mosel, 2015, Riesling Spätlese, Goldtröpfchen, Nik Weis, The Wine Barn, £20.75 THE WINE MERCHANT april 2017 48

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Imported other white • Pfalz, 2016, Grauburgunder, Petri, Lea & Sandeman, £13.50 • Pfalz, 2016, Scheurebe, Scheu...aber Geil, Emil Bauer und Söhne, Red Squirrel Wine, £16.99 • Pfalz, 2015, Silvaner/Riesling, The Society’s Ruppertsberg, Ruppertsberger Winzerverein, The Wine Society, £6.75 • Mosel, 2015, Taste the Difference Pinot Blanc, Klostor, Sainsbury’s, £7 Imported Spätburgunder • Rheingau, 2016, Spätburgunder Rosé, Flick, The Winery, £14.99 • Rheinhessen, 2013, Grohsmaul Spätburgunder, Groh, Yorkshire Vintners, £25 Spätburgunder seeking distribution • Rheingau, 2015, Spätburgunder Blanc de Noirs, Graf von Kanitz • Württemberg, 2015, Spätburgunder, Sonnenhoff • Pfalz, 2015, Spätburgunder, Thorsten Krieger • Nahe, 2015, Spätburgunder, Albert Gälweiler • Pfalz, 2015, Spätburgunder Edition Philipp Bassler, Weinbiet • Baden, 2015, Spätburgunder Spätlese Alte Reben, Alde Gott • Baden, 2015, Spätburgunder Spätlese Alte Reben, Schloss Ortenberg • Rheinhessen, 2014, Spätburgunder, Reis & Luff • Baden, 2014, Spätburgunder, Premiumlinie, Kaiserstühler Winzergenossenschaft Ihringen • Rheinhessen, 2014, Spätburgunder unfiltered, Peth-Wetz • Franken, 2014, Spätburgunder, Klingenberg • Pfalz, 2013, Leistadter Kalkofen Spätburgunder, Hanewald-Schwerdt • Rheinhessen, 2012, Spätburgunder, Eselskreisch, Gunter & Ute Weinmann • Rheinhessen, 2012, Niersteiner Hölle Pinot Noir, Groehl • Baden, 2012, Spätburgunder Réserve, Weinhaus Bimmerle THE WINE MERCHANT april 2017 49 Taste the wines for yourself Following 2015’s G Major and more recently 2016’s G Sharp, this year’s tasting G String will continue with the musical theme to bring to life an immersive tasting for the UK wine trade. Expect quirky focus areas, sommelier competitions, expert led seminars and the first chance to taste the Wines of Germany Top 50 2017. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sample a concise collection of wines from some Germany’s most outstanding producers. Email GermanWine@thisisphipps.com.

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