Enjoy 31 Days of German Riesling this July
BY IRIS ELLMANN
31 Days of German Riesling is a month-long campaign that celebrates the star of German wine varieties; the Riesling. Multi-award-winning German wine merchant The WineBarn recommend three of their favourite and affordable Rieslings that you can enjoy throughout July.
The grapes for this refreshing, classic and elegant white wine came from a 20 year old Riesling vineyard in the middle of the Aulerde site. The harvest was at the end of September / beginning of October, once the vines had produced mature Riesling berries with intense fruit flavours that had not yet reached the Spätlese level.
2020 Estate Riesling dry
£20.40 per bottle
Tamlyn Currin describes this organic dry wine as, “Lime and lean. Nice and sharp on the finish.”
Score: 15 out of 20 points
On the nose, this wine delivers typical Riesling fruit aromas of lime, apple and white peach. On the palate, it is elegant with a fresh acidity and minerality. The grapes that this quality wine was produced from were grown in the winery’s Deidesheim vineyards, where the soil is rich in loam, clay, sandstone, basalt and limestone.
2020 Ranschbach “Rotliegend” Riesling QbA dry
£20.50 per bottle
Tamlyn Currin, talented and expressive wine writer for Jancis Robinson describes this organic dry white as smelling, “…’grainy’, like pear skin. Wonderful stone dust, salty limes and cumin dust. The wine shows a real flinty clench, shaped into flint-carved edges. Amazing focus and precision for a village-level wine, and the fruit is wrapped around a remarkably strong, powerful spine. Racy, but so intentional. This is punching above its weight.”
Score: 16.5 out of 20 points
The era of the Rotliegend was a time of intensified volcanic activity. The Rotliegend volcanoes mainly produced quartz porphyry in the form of lava flows. In this era it was very hot and dry, the red colour of the soil still shows this and is due to iron compounds that were formed in this climate. The pressure of overlays of clay silt and loose sand created a solid rock, which is geologically know today as the “Rotliegende”, which is where this wonderfully lively and precise Riesling got its name.
K. F. Groebe
2020 Riesling *1763* dry
£20.99 per bottle
Tamlyn Currin describes this wine as having a, “…delicious nose – smells like homemade honey-and-nut granola of fresh apples. So charming, so pretty, so fresh. Loving that cheeky little nuttiness. Pert, like a little sparrow singing its heart out.”
Score: 16.5 out of 20 points
Iris Ellmann, The WineBarn’s Managing Director, presents their IWC Specialist German Wine Merchant of the Year 2022 award with her son Luca. The WineBarn is a a multi-award-winning wine merchant that specialises in exclusively German wine and have been bringing pure drinking pleasure to the UK for over 23 years. Their elegant wines have been selected to cover a range of styles - from the affordable to the luxury, from dry to sweet and from fresh to full-bodied, ensuring there’s something to suit all tastes and pair with any cuisine. To find your new favourite German wine, you can contact the award-winning merchant The WineBarn now. Visit: www.thewinebarn.co.uk Call: 0044 (0)1962 761 215 Email: email@example.com
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