Multi-award winning German wine merchant, The WineBarn, have recently had the honour of having many of the wines in their diverse portfolio score very highly when reviewed by the famous British wine critic Jancis Robinson’s talented and expressive wine writer Tamlyn Currin.⁠ The WineBarn recommend three very different wines for you to try this summer…

Winemaker: Becker
Wine: 2017 St. Paul Spätburgunder Grand Cru dry
Region: Pfalz
£81.40 per bottle
Tamlyn scored this wine at 18 out of 20.

She describes this Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) as, “Pink peppercorns, barrel spices, toasted chestnut, coconut, black olives. The nose is rococo, dramatic, and I was a little bit intimidated. Was this going to be a Becker chest- drumming show of power? Quite the opposite, and I was undone. One sip filled my mouth with this exquisitely gentle, pure-throated, nightingale song of sweet, limpid, pink-red fruit. Such a story of contrast! Roses and cherries, dimples and deep, deep pools of glowing fruit. Magical, suspense-filled; a thousand stories in every sip. The liquid version of One Thousand And One Nights? But still quintessentially Becker, and all this luminous fruit comes between the towering pillars of great, chewy tannins. It’s an awesome wine, and I mean that in every sense of the word.”

Winemaker: Jakob Schneider
Wine: 2020 Niederhäuser Klamm Riesling Eiswein
Region: Nahe
£59.30 per half bottle (0,375l)
Tamlyn scored this wine at 18.5 out of 20.

She describes this Eiswein (Ice Wine) as, “Strikingly long and elegant. So exquisite it’s hard to describe. Iris perfume. Guava nectar. Blueberries. Green figs when they’re dripping their sticky nectar like wild honey on a hot stone wall. And then this exquisitely fine racy silver wire acidity. Just wow. Sometimes words won’t do.”

Winemaker: K. F. Groebe
Wine: 2019 Aulerde Riesling Grand Cru dry
Region: Nahe
£26.05 per bottle
Tamlyn scored this wine at 18 out of 20.

She describes this Riesling Premier Cru as, “Broad in the mouth, wide, fans out and is loose-knit. Yet on the finish, the acidity tightens up very quickly, snaps into intentional focus. The finish is fantastic: power and fanfare, and mouth-watering. The fruit is succulent, sensuous, but even with the breadth and lavish spread, there is diamond-cutter precision in the acidity. Glorious.”

Wine Column Iris Ellmann
Photo: Iris Ellmann

To find your new favourite German wine, you can contact the award-winning merchant The WineBarn now.

Call: 0044 (0)1962 761 215

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