As the UK revels in what has been a glorious start to the summer, a casual glance from the windows of St James’s Street is greeted by an array of hats, bicycles and idle drifters soaking up the pleasures of our capital at its sunny best. Not only have we had the hottest July day on record, but an exhilarating second week at Wimbledon provides some spectacular tennis and England’s attempt to wrest The Ashes back from the Aussies begins in earnest. With days as perfect as this, there is simply nothing quite like a glass of fine German Riesling.
Whether one prefers the Mosel’s sleek and dancing mineral flavours, or the Rheinhessen’s pitch-perfect balance of stone, fruit and flowers, or the slender, refreshing Rieslings of the Nahe; these wines have bright personalities. From the latter comes Emrich-Schonleber’s Mineral Trocken 2013, the driest wine of the three, offering classic lime zest, peach and salty minerals, but spicy elements too. Crisp and driven, this has wonderful purity and is endowed with the precision and focus, typically only found in single vineyard or Grosses Gewachs bottlings. As such, it offers hard to beat value and would make an excellent match for the likes of grilled fennel, salmon or smoked meats.
From the Rheinhessen, Klaus- Peter Keller’s RR 2012 has a dash more residual sugar, rendering it barely above the official requirements for it to be labelled fully Trocken. The classy fruit flavours are lively and ripe, complimented by a fine line of acidity that gives great shape to the long and open flavours of red apple, apricot and honeysuckle. Open this after a hard day and all will seem well, but it would also enjoy marrying with the likes of roast pork.
From the Mosel, we are pleased to offer Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2008 from legendary producer J J Prum. Drinking beautifully now (but good for another couple of decades), it is a complex but light-as-a-feather wine of slate and stone, overlaid with taut citrus fruit, mandarine and nectarine, all sewn together and enhanced by a vibrant sweetness and a wisp of smoke, that bring texture and roundness to the persistent finish. Classic Prum from a lovely cool vintage – at the cricket, in the garden, on the beach; with just 8.5% abv and this much going on, you may find this practically opens itself!
Whilst we sadly cannot promise the same for the host of great sporting events this year, as German specialists we are confident that drinkers of these wines will not be disappointed. Indeed, these Rieslings may well prove to be the winning accompaniment to what we hope will be a memorable summer season.
All wines are available immediately. Please note the minimum order for free delivery is £250.