(2021) Another Alsace wine with no real clue that it is a touch off-dry from the label, but that is not un-typical with Alsace Pinot Gris. Succulent and ripe on the nose, there is stone fruit and lemon, leading onto a full and fat palate, the weighty texture of the wine filling the mouth, and the dry, pear-like and citrussy cut of the fruit just nicely offset by that hint of sweetness.
(2021) I visited Künstler many years ago when they were in the vanguard of the new wave of drier German Rieslings and was very impressed by the quality, so nice to see this Wine Society bottling on very good form, a lovely purity of fruit, all sliced pear and waxy lemons, the palate creamy and limpid, and if there is any residual sugar it is swept up in the flow of mouth-watering acidity.
(2021) One of the 'problems' people often cite with Alsace wines is that they do not know from the label whether the wine will be bone-dry or distinctly off-dry. Some producers have adopted numbering systems to indicate this, but still a wine like this, a Grand Cru, with a full 13.5% alcohol, I expected to be dry when in fact it is more like medium-sweet - a potential partner for light desserts as well as Chinese food and some creamier cheeses. It has Gewurz fragrance of rose petals and Nivea cream, and a oily, unctuous palate where ripe and sweet tropical fruit, plenty of sugar and spice, is met by acidity in the finish, to balance but not dry the final impression.
(2020) JJ Prüm is one of Germany’s star names, run today by Katharina Prüm. From the steep, slate covered Himmelrich vineyard, it is made in stainless steel and bottled late to avoid the addition of too much sulphur. It opens with some flint and beeswax and paraffin over greengage and peach, the palate delicate and lacy, a good level of sweetness that is braced by mouth-watering acidity, a touch of pink grapefruit but more of that peachy fruit coming through too. A lovely wine for sipping on its own, finishing with purity and balance.
(2020) The producer and grape varieties of this semi-sweet wine from the Southwest of France are not stated, but it will almost certainly be made from Gros Manseng, possibly blended with Petit Manseng, the stalwarts of the Jurançon region. The nose offers an inviting ripe Ogen melon aroma, and a little wisp of leafy green herbs. In the mouth there is definite sweetness, but its not fully pudding-sweet, certainly a late-harvest rather than a Botrytis style. Fig and pear, a limey citrus acidity keeps it fresh in a wine for lighter fruit desserts, cheeses or possibly even with Oriental food.
(2020) Fabulous sherbetty nose, floral and clean, but with that shining brightness and vivacity, it is indeed perfectly summery. Great fun, and off-dry teetering on medium-sweet with its 33g/l of sugar. No UK stockists listed at time of review.
(2020) Off-dry with 12g/l residual sugar, I can see whay this won the trophy for Gewurztraminer at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Proper Gewurztraminer, light lychee and old roses character, plenty of fruit and a hint of Turkish delight. Has the same full Gewurz traits on the palate too, with touch of oiliness to the texture, all the flavour and then a fine acid line.
(2020) A blend of Marlborough and Waipara fruit. Elegant, floral and delicate, with peachy, blossom and lime. The palate has a delightful clarity and peach fruit lightness and sweetness, no terpene character, but a little phenolic grip in the finish sits beautifully against a fair amount of residual sugar. No UK retail stockist listed at time of review.
(2020) This appears under the Cicada label because it is the only wine in this line-up not made from estate-grown fruit. Old roses, peach and a touch of Turkish delight. Very floral and aromatic, full of flavour on the palate, great Gewürztraminer character, loads of fruit and sweet nectarine, and the finish flowing with a gentle but pin-point acidity.
(2020) A little more subdued aromatically compared to the vibrant 2019, a touch of a yeasty character, then more of the florals developing. The palate has more sugar, much more of a Kabinett feel than the 2019, the sweetness set against quite pithy lemon and lime, and a long, clear finish. Price for previous vintage at time of review.