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Look to the reds

Look to the reds

There is more to Germany than riesling! Red wine now accounts for nearly half of the production with pinot noir the most exciting variety. For alternative whites, I have been stunned by the quality of pinot blanc, which tends to be labelled as ‘Weissburgunder’. These are foodfriendly, bone-dry, fruity wines with crystalline purity and an aptitude for refreshing the palate. German growers are not bound by rules on what they can plant which means that there can be some fun surprises. Such as Gunter Kunstler’s alvarinho from the Rheingau. And why not? Alvarinho after all translates as ‘White Rhine’!

Vintages in Germany have been nothing less than exceptional in recent years. The irresistibly fruity 2016s are lovely now. The tiny 2017 crop also looks promising with the prospect of great sweet wines.

Marcel Orford-Williams
2018

Marcel Orford-Williams

Marcel Orford-Williams
Buyer for Germany

2018



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