German Quality Wine: pick of the 2008 vintage - All wines

In contrast with the previous three, rich vintages, the 2008 Rieslings are typified by great freshness and fine acidity, similar to the stimulating 2004 and 2002s. Many estates made excellent everyday drinking wines and Kabinetts with good fruit and
crispness. Further up the scale are dry wines with character and purity of style, some fine Spätleses and a few great Ausleses, painstakingly picked by grape-by-grape selection. 2008 is also a fine vintage for Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris in Pfalz, Rheinhessen and Baden - also for Silvaner, and celebrating the 350th anniversary of its first planting in Germany, in Franken. The dry Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) wines are not released until the September following the vintage and many 2007 wines are already sold, so I have included just
one outstanding 2007 Riesling as an example. The top quality 2008 Pinot Noirs will not be in bottle until early in 2010 but I understand are showing great promise. Freddy Price.
(You can read Freddy's full article in the August issue of Decanter magazine - OUT NOW)

Wine name Producer Country Region Vintage

Weingut St Urbans-Hof, Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

St Urbans-Hof Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2008

Weingut St Urbans-Hof, Saarfelser Riesling Spatlese Feinherbst, Mosel

St Urbans-Hof Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2008

Weingut Max Ferd Richter, Graacher Dompropst Riesling Kabinett Feinherbst (off-dry), Mosel

Max Ferd Richter Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2008

Weingut Max Ferd Richter, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Max Ferd Richter, Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Schloss Saarstein, Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

Schloss Saarstein Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2008

Weingut Schloss Saarstein, Schloss Saarsteiner Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

Schloss Saarstein Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2008

Weingut Karthauserhof, Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Karthauserhof, Eitelsbacher Karthauserhofberg Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Dr Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Dr Loosen, Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese, Mosel

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Josepth Leitz, Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Gold Cap, Rheingau

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Joseph Leitz, Eins Zwei Drei Riesling, Rheingau

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Emrich-Schonleber, Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzschen Riesling, Nahe

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Emrich-Schonleber, Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzschen Riesling Spatlese, Nahe

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Gunderloch, Jean Baptiste Riesling Kabinett, Rheinhessen

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Gunderloch, Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Spatlese, Rheinhessen

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Gunderloch, Nackenheimer Rothenberg Riesling Auslese, Rheinhessen

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Wittmann, Wittmann Estate Riesling, Rheinhessen

Wittmann Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2008

Weingut Wittmann, Morstein Riesling Grosses Gewachs, Rheinhessen

Wittmann Germany Rheinland-Pfalz 2007

Weingut Dr von Bassermann-Jordan, Basserman-Jordan Estate Riesling, Pfalz

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Dr von Bassermann-Jordan, Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Kabinett, Pfalz

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut A Christmann, Christmann Pfalz Riesling, Pfalz

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut A Christmann, Rupertsberger Linsenbusch Riesling, Pfalz

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut A Christmann, Deidesheimer Maushohle Riesling, Pfalz

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Dr Heger, Pinot Blanc Kabinett, Baden

N/A N/A N/A 2008

Weingut Bercher, Burkheimer Feuerberg Pinot Blanc, Baden

Bercher Germany Baden-Wurttemberg 2008

Weingut Hans Wirsching, Iphofer Kronsberg Silvaner Spatlese, Franken

N/A N/A N/A 2008