Oak, alcohol, viscosity, dryness and colour are how we rate white wines around the world. Except in Germany we ignore these, or at least re-calibrate are terms of reference. Germany is home to many of the worlds very greatest wines.
For anyone who loves the infinite nuances created by different combinations of grapes, soils and weather, there are few happier hunting grounds than Germany. Giles Kime, Sunday Telegraph.
To many, the perceived complexity of German wine is an obstacle to buying and enjoying many of the greatest white wines on earth. In reality it is little more complex than any other major wine producing region and that complexity is reflection of the enormous diversity (and integrity) of their exports.
Riesling is synonymous with German wine. Pure, exciting, fresh, explosive, complex and age worthy Riesling that nowhere else on the planet has been able to successfully imitate. Searingly dry or insanely sweet (and every possible shade between) German wines are arguably the last unique style remaining in Europe.
A little under a half century ago the leading wines of the Mosel sold for greater prices than the top wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Today they sell for less than half, yet the attention to detail and industry behind creating them is remarkable. Where else can you buy 'Grand Cru' quality wines that will age for decades at less than the price of a bottle Chablis in your local restaurant?