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Marcel Orford-Williams Marcel Orford-Williams

So much more than sweet whites!

It is still widely believed that Germany is a land of sweetish whites. Not true! For a start, nearly half the production is red and of the whites, most are dry. The growing interest, however, is definitely in the reds with pole position going to the pinot noir grape which in Germany tends to be called spätburgunder.

Pinot noir is like magic dust. It captivates the senses in a way no other red grape variety does. Germany is not about to topple Burgundy off its perch, but its pinots are definitely worth trying. From the current List, the Martin Wassmer wine from Baden is outstanding.

In general, these are great times for German wines in all styles with a succession of lovely vintages on show.

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