Big Guns of German Riesling 2018 - Round 1

It would probably be the understatement of the year to say that 2018 has been a good year for German vine growers. MICHAEL SCHMIDT, jancisrobinson.com

2018 takes its place in a series with 1911, 1959 and 2001. These wines were the driest years in our region in the last 100 years and can be counted among the greats. KLAUS-PETER KELLER

Welcome to the first of our wrap up offers on the excellent 2018 German Rieslings. Many of you would have had an opportunity to taste some of these wines already and if you are like me, you would have been impressed by the quality of wines. Soaking winter rains laid the groundwork for the vintage which remained warm and dry through spring and summer. As we saw in Burgundy in 2018, a warmer vintage is more than capable of delivering exceptional white wines with plenty of focus and drive. Savvy German vignerons from top estates, as in the Cote d’Or, are now very adept at making changes in the way their vineyards are managed in these vintages and can produce wines of considerable stature. This is a vintage that is most likely going to be compared to 2015 with plenty of hedonistic pleasure up front but with more focus and drive. This means the best wines will cellar very well in the mid-term although many will be enjoyable earlier if you want to take a sneak peek. German winemakers have been reaping the benefits from climate change recently with this now the 5th exceptional vintage in a row and issues with ripening issues no longer nipping at their heels. So it is we are blessed in 2018 with a sensational offering of wines that fall firmly in the ‘stock up’ category and should provide some wonderful drinking now and in the years ahead.

Today, we are bringing you an offer from an impressive trio of German Riesling producers. You can find few more highly regarded Riesling producers than Egon Muller, who crafts stratospheric wines from his vineyards in the Saar, including the legendary Scharzhofberg vineyard. John Gilman compares Muller to Romanee-Conti in terms of providing both a qualitative and historical reference point for the region. Our second producer is Markus Molitor, who sits among the very top tier of producers in the Mosel. His maniacal attention to detail is unheralded and this has paid off again in 2018 with what Stephan Rheinhardt calls an ‘extraordinary vintage’ for Molitor’s wines. We round out the three with Heyman-Lowenstein who craft thought proving idiosyncratic wines in the Mosel. These are wines of great energy and personality and will blossom with time in the cellar. A favourite here at Prince.