(2020) A really nice, buoyant and bountiful Pinot Noir from the more southerly Pfalz region of Germany, aged in larger barrels for one year, but part of the blend aged in new French oak barriques. There's a real kirsch-like lift of sweet cherry fruit, some elegant Parma violet and a welcome touch of briary, stalky character to add a freshening note. In the mouth it's the fruit gloss and sweetness that impresses, a deliciously moreish rendition of Pinot, but not without elegance and tertiary character: again that herbaceous and twiggy touch, a little rounding of oak, and excellent freshness of tannins and acids into the finish.
(2018) Pinot Noir from the Pfalz and limestone marl soils (kalkmergel). The nose has some plum and cherry, maybe even a touch of raspberry, before a palate that seems rather under-fruited; against the soft oak of the background there is some sweetness and decent acidity, but it is rather short and lacking a bit of charm. I couldn't honestly recommend this, even with two pounds off in Majestic's 'mix six' pricing.
(2018) A dry Riesling from the limestone soils of the Pfalz, a warmer region than the Mosel or Rheingau, that gives this a certain fat, though it majors on lime-like fruitiness and citrus again in the acidity. It's Riesling expressing the fruitier and more vibrant side of the variety, crisply enjoyable though with litte in the way of 'mineral' character.
(2014) A Riesling Trocken, meaning 'dry' in German, this wine comes from the Pfalz, a more southerly German wine region where grapes have a little extra ripening power. It is very fresh, at the moment with a tiny spritz of Carbon dioxide on the tongue, but that is just its youth - this is a dry, still table wine. The 11.5% alcohol makes it very easy to drink, opening with aromas of fresh sliced apple and pear, a hint of citrus zest and of almond blossom - very spring like. On the palate it is just delicious. A fine core of acidity gives that crisp orchard fruit balance again of tartness and sweetness, with a lovely saline note adding a savoury aspect on the finish.
(2009) Yellow plum flesh and peachy quality on the nose, dry sense of minerality with a touch of something spicy and herbal, almost nutty. The palate delivers a big, bold fruit core, with masses of lemon confit, zesty character and the searing core of minerality powering through.
(2009) Tropical fruit explosion! Masses of unctuous lychee and guava, almost mango like fruit. Behind is a core of minerality - almost salty, in a multi-layered aromatic profile. The palate has that density, but is much more linear and focused. The acidity builds in this, which is a rich wine, but a focused, sharp one too.
(2008) >From the Pfalz, Pinot Blanc grown on chalky soils, is given yeast contact for six months. Very rich, quite exotic nose, with touch of banana and baked apple. The palate has some fat and weight, with plenty of ripe, mouth-filling fruit like pears and apple, with touches of apricot richness. There's a note of Epsom salts in the finish, and lovely brightness and balance.