2019 Riesling Trocken, Fritz Walter, Pfalz
The Pfalz region in Germany is second only to the Mosel in acreage planted with the noble Riesling grape. Here it yields wines of substance and finesse, with a less austere acidity than their Mosel counterparts. Pleasant, mild white wines rich in bouquet and full of body.
Fritz Walter's is a great example. As mentioned above the emphasis is a little more on richness of texture and ripe fruit than the more vibrant acidity of Mosel examples. It's not lacking in Riesling character, however, as it is ripe citrus that dominates the palate. It's relatively dry and fresh, yet with structure and body, making a very versatile wine with or without food.
2020 Weissburgunder Trocken, SGJ Bimmerle, Baden, Germany
This Weissburgunder, Pinot Blanc in France, is likely to become a firm favourite here at Baythorne Hall. It's such an easy drinking style, with the most delicate spritz on first opening. It's flavours are of lovely orchard fruit, ripe pear and greengage, and it finishes dry and fresh.
2006 Riesling Spetlese, Berncasteler Doctor, Dr. H. Thanisch
This is a wonderfully concentrated, rich and exotic wine. Now developing quite a deep golden colour, which looks so inviting, with tropical aromas just adding to the allure. The palate has considerable richness, a lovely sweetness, balanced by a vibrant seam of acidity, giving the wine a freshness and vibrancy. Delicious as an aperitif, but sweet enough to accompany desserts that themselves aren't overly sweet.