I am a sucker for good quality German Riesling and at the VDP Rheingau tasting last Thursday, there were plenty of delicious wines on offer from 15 top producers – from dry, racy trocken to full-bodied, smooth spätlese.
The VDP (‘Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter’ – Association of German Quality and Prädikat Wine Estates) is the world’s oldest association of wine estates made up of 200 German wine producers, and it is from these that some incredibly special German wines originate.
At Thursday’s tasting the focus was on the 2011 vintage from the Rheingau region of Germany – the George Müller Hattenheimer Nussbrunnen Riesling Erstes Gewächs with its ripe stone fruit flavours and intense minerality was a personal favourite of mine.
As well as showcasing the 2011 vintage, Thursday’s tasting gave attendees the chance to taste some spectacular older wines such as the Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach 1959 Steinberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese. Surprisingly fruity for its age with complex aromas and a rich, silky finish, this was a treat to taste.
The tasting demonstrated what deliciously versatile wines Germany has to offer and with Riesling’s ageing potential you can enjoy them for many years to come.
Here are two more of my top picks…