Christine Austin, the Yorkshire Post wine critic recently discovered our range of German wines from Bremer Ratskeller. Writing in the Yorkshire Post Magazine on Saturday 10th October 2009 Christine says:
“The other way to unravel the complexities of German wines is to try some that have been pre-selected for you, and Barrels and Bottles, on the outskirts of Chestefield have been appointed UK agents for the Bremer Ratskeller Collection. Ever since 1405, the citizens of Bremen in the north of Germany have relied on their town cellar master to taste through the best wines of Germany and come up with the best of the best, from across all winemaking regions, to offer to their guests and to sell among the people of the city.
“This Bremer Ratskeller now forms one of the most important collections of German wines and for the first time is being exported. The present cellar master of Bremen, Karl-Joseph Krotz, visited Andrew Coghlan, propietor of Barrels and Bottles in Sheepbridge to present a selction of wines from the range and now B&B; has one of the best ranges of German wines in the UK.
“As an easy-to-drink, well made sipping wine, Rivaner Trocken 2007 Dalheimer Sauloch is hard to beat. The grape, Rivaner, is another name for the much-maligned Muller-Thurgauu, but since this wine is made in a dry style with good fruit concentration and withoutthe usual whiff of sulphur which used to accompany much German wine, it isl ight, floral, fruity and harmonious.
“Moving up the scale to Riesling Halbtrocken 2007 Winkeler Hasensprung from producer Schonleber in the Rheingau, the flavours are only just showing the direction they will take as they age. This is classic Rheingau Riesling with all the faults of anything you may have tasted before taken away. Brilliantly fresh and floral with touches of apricot harmonising with clean, clear acidity. Once again the suphur has been kept in check and the half-dry style of the wine means that it actually tastes drier than many Australian Chardonnays.
“As this ages it will acquire glorious petrolly notes which sound quite bad but are the thumprint of good Riesling. Instead of a cork, this wine comes with a glass stopper which works remarkably well in keeping the contents in, even when inverted.
“Also good from the Bremer Ratskeller range is a minerally, slatey, firm-edged wine from Franken in the far east of Germany’s winegrowing regions. Made from the Bacchus grape, Dorfprozeltener Predigstuhl is another fish friendly wine but could also combine well with lightly spiced dishes. If you haven’t tried a red German wine, then Blauer Portugesier Durkheimer Feuerberg offers deep, bramble and cherry fruit.”
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