Deliciously versatile German wines

Ask any member of the wine trade what they’d like to drink on a hot summer’s day and, more often than not, the answer will be a chilled, refreshing Riesling – low in alcohol, full of flavour; great as an apéritif and equally enjoyable with food. And whilst we should be stocking up on succulent, refreshing wines from the 2014 vintage for future drinking, it strikes us that what we really need are some fresh, lower alcohol Rieslings right now to sip outside in the sun.

This selection of wines is available for immediate consumption: five delicious whites in the dry to off-dry styles, alongside two very tasty reds made from Pinot Noir – or Spätburgunder as it is known in Germany. If you haven’t already given Germany a go, there is no time like the present!

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  Vintage ABV Bts per case £ per case inc VAT
Munsterer Rheinberg Riesling Kabinett, Weingut Göttelmann, Nahe
An off-dry style from the fabulous 2007 vintage, this is at the wonderful stage of moving from bright, primary fruit to show classic petrolly Riesling notes; intense and fresh with lovely musky fruit behind, delicious at any time of the day.
2007 13% 12 £168
Allendorf Charta Riesling Dry, Rheingau
The name Charta can only be used by producers whose wines have passed a rigorous tasting panel and comply with strict sugar, acidity and alcohol controls which are more stringent than the normal requirements; they can only come from Riesling grown in the Rheingau but never show their exact origin. Fresh, floral and almost plump, with lovely grapey fruit, lively acidity and a hint of peachy sherbet, this is sublime.
2013 12% 12 £180
Wittmann Estate Riesling QbA, Trocken, Rheinhessen 2014
Produced from organic grapes in Westhofen, Wittmann’s Estate Riesling is lusciously fresh, if that isn’t a contradiction in terms, with bright floral fruit, racy and linear and lovely weight behind. An ideal summer wine.
2014 12% 12 £183
Riesling QbA, Weingut Dönnhoff, Nahe
Fresh, racy and juicy, this has lovely floral overtones with vibrant fruit behind; perfect as an apéritif but equally well matched to spiced summery dishes, with the fruit a perfect foil for spices.
2011 10.5% 6 £99
Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, Dr Loosen, Mosel
Tight and floral on the nose, fresh and citrusy, with a palate of taut, fresh white fruits, this is pure, mineral and refined and is only just beginning to show what it is made of. Perfect as an apéritif and whenever else you might want it.
2013 7.5% 6 £99
Friedrich Becker Spätburgunder, Pfalz
A first for Private Cellar, a Pinot Noir from Germany, made from low yielding vines grown on limestone in the warm Pfalz region, this has fabulously fresh, juicy strawberry fruit on both the nose and palate, creamy too - proper, classic Pinot Noir in the traditional style. Try it chilled for a summer’s picnic.
2011 13% 12 £198
Meyer-Näkel Spätburgunder, Ahr
Grown on slate soils, Meyer Näkel’s Pinot Noir is in a more serious style of Pinot, with intense, concentrated red berry fruit, ripe, firm tannins, more complexity and, although drinking beautifully now, it will also improve over the next couple of years.
2013 13% 12 £462

Looking for our offer of 2014 German wines en primeur? Click here!

Prices in this offer are quoted per case, including VAT. Delivery will be made at the beginning of August when this offer closes. Please note that stocks of some of these wines are very limited. Delivery is free within mainland England and Wales for 24 bottles or more. Smaller deliveries within this area will be charged at £14.50. Please see our terms & conditions on-line at E&OE.

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