Howard Ripley 2017 Großes Gewächse & Pinot Noir

Hmm… Guest Wines found themselves with a bit of time on their hands one afternoon last week, so what better way to while away a few hours than having a dabble with some very fine German Grand Cru Wine!

And so with that notion well and truly fixed in or minds, it was a quick jaunt over to Gray’s Inn to hold court to summon and try the VDP on whether they were guilty of leading us all astray with their mythical ponderings or did they really hold the real elixir of time and sense of place? Well, there was only one way to find out and that was to drinketh from their golden chalice – ok ok, tasting glasses. However, what was inside these goblets of joy could only be described as pure gold. Now read on…

Howard Ripley was a dentist who got into drinking top-notch Burgundies, and occasionally sold the odd bottle to friends, and from here, things just got bigger and better, and today they are well known for sourcing some of Germany’s and Burgundy’s finest wines.

This was to be Guest Wines first tasting of some of their range (and hopefully not the last), as we most certainly came away with a smile beaming right across our faces.

Here’s some of what brought us joy:

Rudolf May, Himmelspfad Silvaner GG, Franken – Lemon fresh nose, with a wonderful floral tone running the whole course, vibrant peaches and apricot fruits come to the fore, twirling, twisting all the way to the very long end

Peter Lauer, Saarfeilser 13 GG Riesling, Saar – Pure gold, rich but refined, with tingling freshness teasing out hints of honey and lemon rind

Von Hövel, Scharzhofberg GG Riesling, Saar – Linear, precise, tight with a cool lemon breeze

Fritz Haag, Juffer GG Riesling, Mosel – A generous palate that is kept truly in check with the bracing acidity, lemon sherbet and fragrant

Fritz Haag, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr GG Riesling, Mosel – Delicate, camomile and tingling lemon sorbet

Weiser-Künstler, Ellergrub ‘Grosse Eule’ Riesling, Mosel – Crisp, fresh red apple and very enjoyable

Vollenweider, Goldgrube ‘Amrum’ Riesling, Mosel – Flint on the nose, and a generous palate with lemon zest, green apple, camomile and spice

Dengler-Seyler, AmHeiligen Berg Riesling, Pfalz – Freshly squeezed lime, white blossom and a refreshing minerality

Schafer-Fröhlich, Felseneck GG Riesling, Nahe – Smokey, earthy, farmy, with lime cordial and a bracingly clean finish

Hermann Dönnhoff, Hermannshöhle GG Riesling, Nahe – Grapey, muscat-spice, lifted with grapefruit freshness

Robert Weil, Gräfenberg GG Riesling, Rheingau – Herbal, hawthorn, cut grass with a lime zip, zap, zop!

Wittmann, Morstein GG Riesling, Rheinhessen – Elegant, spicy, with yellow flower and taught lemon citrus

Georg Mosbacher, Jesuitengarten GG Riesling, Pfalz – Lime Opal Fruits with a hint of smoke, which really comes to the fore on the palate with a deeper, rounder mouthfeel, with bready nuances embraced by tangy green apple freshness

Ziereisen, Spätburgunder Tschuppen 2015, Baden – Bright cherry fruit, pink jelly babies and a nice touch of spice

Jülg, Spätburgunder Trocken Sonnenberg 2016, Pfalz – Earthy with sour cherry, held in check by fine tannins and lifted acidity

Bernart, Spätburgunder RG 2015, Pfalz – Fragrant with Chinese 5 spice, blackberries and rosehip sharpness, quite meaty towards the finish

Shelter Winery, Pinot Noir 2016, Baden – Earthy, floral, in-your-face funk, peonies, raspberry jelly babies and a hint of woodsmoke

Ziereisen, Rhini Spätburgunder 2015, Baden – Ethereal nose, lifted and fragrant, red currant fruit, well integrated oak giving just a hint of spice and fine tannins

Ziereisen, Jaspis Spätburgunder Alte Reben 2013 – Just keeps coming at ya in the glass with a wonderful perfume of fresh peonies, raspberries and Chinese 5 spice – lingers and lasts

Float, float on… Float, float on… And that we did!