(2022) A nice dry, ashy and light truffle note to cherry fruit. A fine coal dust dryness that leads on to a dry cherry fruited palate, but has a little glimpse of sweet bon bon, strawberry character too, for a nicely balanced palate, quite fruity but with good Pinosity too.
(2022) The Society suggest this is a "fun alternative to sauvignon blanc," and I can get that. Made in stainless steel with malolactic blocked for extra zip, there is 3.8g/l of residual sugar but that is barely felt in the mouth. There's more floral aromatic than Sauvignon for sure, true to variety, but in the mouth there is punchy and vivacious character, and just as it hints at sweetness a blast of lemony and grapefruit acidity powers through.
(2021) There's a certain smokiness and cracked river stone character here and beneath, the more exotic fruit quality comes through, peach, nectarine and a little mango. More luscious than the Pinot Blanc, an edge of residual sugar again that is easily offset by pithy, direct lemon and grapefruit tanginess. Quite long, lots of citrus and juicy peach dominating the finish.
(2021) There's a touch of residual sugar in this Pinot Blanc from the Pfalz, so after a crisp and fresh nose of ripe red apple and a touch of melon skin the palate has a gentle edge of softness to the otherwise dry and juicy palate, more of those apple flavours and a refreshing zest to the finish. Easy drinking and versatile.
(2021) A relatively unusual style this, a semi-sweet Gewürz, which has the hallmark florals, honeysuckle and a touch of exotic spices, but is not too flamboyant into the Turkish delight spectrum. The definite sweetness on the palate means that for me this does have to be carefully matched to food really, and I think a tarte tatin or apple strudel, maybe something like a peach cobbler, could hit the spot.
(2021) From the more southerly Pfalz, often a source with a bit more weight and fullness than those of the Mosel or Rhine, this has such a purity of lemon jelly and hints of smoky minerals, leading onto a palate that shimmers with pure fruit. From complex red slate soils, it does have weight there is some sweetness on the attack, some juiciness, but that shimmering core of acidity drives the long, dry finish. J&B recommend it as a partner to roast pork, which I can absolutely see, including the traditional apple sauce.
(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.