Discover German Fine Wines
Saturday, February 3, 2018 in News
Langton’s is the home of German fine wine in Australia. Our portfolio has been assembled to represent a thorough cross-section of the great wines of Germany. As such, the focus is on Riesling but there’s also some pristine Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) for you to discover.
Explore the German regions of Baden, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau and Rheinhessen and the Langton’s fine wine portfolio of German wines.
The vineyards of Mosel cling to the slatey slopes that rise from the banks of the river. Flowing from the south to north, it empties into the Rhine south of the city of Trier. Many of the world’s most famous Riesling vineyards are in Mosel like those of Dr Loosen, Joh. Jos. Prum and Weingut Clemens Busch. The Rieslings of Mosel are golden, fragrant, light-bodied and lively. Often characterised by a hint of spritz, the slate Mosel soils allow these wines to range from fine and fruity to earthy or flinty.
The Pfalz lies between the Haardt Mountains and the Rhine, directly north of Alsace. Germany’s largest wine-producing region by volume has long been known for simple, inexpensive wines produced in large quantities. But it’s recently begun a trend back towards low-yielding, high-quality vines, thanks to a new generation of young, highly-educated winegrowers who took note of the world's thirst for intensely flavoured, robust wines. JL Wolf, Koehler-Ruprecht and A. Christmann are among the producers reshaping the reputation of the Pfalz.
Baden is Germany’s southernmost wine region. Situated between the Black Forest and the Rhine River, the 400km long strip of vineyards has a diverse soil profile with about a third of the vineyard planted Pinot Noir or Spätburgunder. Langton’s Weingut Bernhard Huber and Enderle & Moll Pinot Noirs hail from this region where the growing season enjoys sunshine and warmth which ripens the grapes to produce velvety, full-flavoured reds while retaining vibrant acidity.
Germany's best-kept secret? Breathtaking landscape and a small group of brilliant winemakers and growers – Nahe offers some of the country’s best-value wine – who produce wines that resemble those neighbouring Rheinhessen to those with floral aromas reminiscent of Mosel. The wines often racy, fruity and (almost) spicy mineral character. The top wines of this tiny region hold their own with Germany’s most famous vineyards. Dönnhoff is the true star of the Nahe.
The Rheingau is one long hillside topped by the thick forests of the Taunus Hills to the north and bordered to the south by the Rhine. The southern exposure, condensation from the river, the high clay content in the soil and the Mediterranean-type climate combine to produce densely rich flavours and heavy, masculine wines. This is where the famous cloisters and estates cultivated and refined noble Riesling. Georg Breuer is our Rheingau label.
Deep within a valley of gently rolling hills, bordered by the Nahe River and the Rhine rivers, lies the region of Rheinhessen. Germany's largest wine growing region by area is a land of varying climates and geography. Many different types of grapes, both red and white, are planted, producing medium-bodied wine that is delicately fragrant. Some of the finest white wines in Germany are produced among the Rheinterrassen - the vineyards on gentle slopes directly facing the Rhine near the town of Nierstein. Celebrated Riesling author Stuart Pigott calls this "the dream factory of dry German white wine”. It’s obvious why when you taste the wines of Wittmann and Gunderloch.