This year's VDP (Association of Quality Wine Estates) tasting comprised 260 'Grosses Gewächs' wines ('Erstes Gewächs' for Rheingau). The majority of these were Riesling, with Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir making up a third. Top classified Grosses Gewächs wines are released on 1 September in the year following the vintage, or in the case of Pinot Noir on 1 September two years after the harvest. In contrast with the three preceding, rich vintages, the 2008 dry whites have great freshness and fine acidity - showing parallels with the stimulating 2004 and 2002 vintages - while a hot spring and fine summer proved ideal for the 2007 Pinot Noirs.

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