This is an archive of tasting notes from participants in the UK wine forum, with notes from before 2005

UK Wine Forum - Germany
Notes from participants in the UK Forum are added in chronological order.

03/04 2001 Franz - Hochheimer Reichestal Riesling Kabinett (Rheingau)
A slightly darker shade of lemon than the Chenin Blanc that came before, I found soft minerals and quince on the nose. Slightly sweet, this showed me its long length and it went well with the tasty starters. 88/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/04 1971 Hallgartener Jungfer Engelmann Riesling Spatlese
Light gold, the attractive honeyed nose showed acacia and nougat. When I tasted this, it struck me how well it moved between minerality, deft sweetness and finished with an elegant length. Highly enjoyable. 92/100 (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/04 1976 Zettinger Sonnenuhr Riesling TBA- Clemens Freiherr von Schorlemer
Apricot colour with a striking nose of ripe apricots and peaches. Very sweet but not cloying with admirable length and barley sugar finish. Highly enjoyable and probably at the maturity where I would like to drink them. 95/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

01/04 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spatlese Charta 1990
This was my first experience with old and mature German riesling. It was nice developed with the smell of minerals and petroleum, with a balanced sweetness on the palate, still some fruit, mostly apples. This wine is fully matured now, and worked well with baked salamon. (Henning, Norway)

11/03 1979 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Auslese Eiswein, Deinhard
AP 2 902 401 9 80 Pale reddish brown. Concentrated waxy dried fruit nose with some botrtyis. Initial thoughts are a mid 70s Muscat de Rivesaltes (though it's too elegant for that) or a very old monbazillac. Very concentrated nose and palate. Smokiness on the nose makes me think of Riesling and the acidity points me to Germany, but definitely not M-S-R. But what on earth is happening with the colour of this wine??? I ended up getting this one right, but only by a process of elimination: if I'd been given the choice of monbazillac or rivesaltes at the outset, I'd have gone for that. A subsequent taste from another bottle reveals much more Riesling character, with great concentration of fruit and goodish acidity. The light coppery red colour is very odd though. Very Good Indeed. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

11/03 Riesling Brauneburger-Juffer Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkapsul 1995, Fritz Haag
Lots of botrytis. Realy pure and focussed. Lots of minerlaity. Really very long and classy. Good mineral finish,. Long and classy. Amazing. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Brauneburger-Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 1998, Fritz Haag
Limey, pure nose. Slately minerality. Really focussed palate with great fruit and amazing acidity. For such a minor vintage this is top bunny. (David Strange, UK)

11/03 Neumagener Rosengarten Riesling Auslese (Carl Schroeder) 1988
Apparently the producers surname was wrong, stupidly I didn't make a readable note of what it actually was. Very pale straw coloured wine with an almost oily appearance. Intense nose, showing lots of grapefruit, slate and some petrolly character, really very exciting. Very sweet, not fully balanced by acidity. The fruit and petrol character does come through on the palate but it doesn't live up to the promise of its nose. A full oily texture and medium length. Overall good but not great, a very typical example of Riesling, but lacking the acidity that makes the best German wines. B (Tim Haddon, UK)

09/03 Winkeler Hasensprung Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Landgräflich, Hessisches Weingut, Johannisberg Rheingau 1976
A fair amount sweet, honeyed botrytis fruit with a marmalade acid cut. On the nose though a lanolin edge which headed towards distracting volatility. I'm not sure id you took the VA away completely, the wine would be better, but I'd settle for less of the compressing, high toned nature of it. Not surprisingly, fantastic acid and a good couple of decades' drinking ahead if it. (Nick Alabaster, UK)

09/03 1991 Wiltinger Hölle Riesling Spätlese. Vereinigte Hospitien
(AP Nr. 3 561 104 38 92) 8% (Majestic). Very tight cork. Lightish to medium lemon gold. Ripe, mature Riesling nose. Plenty of minerals and some petrol, but a bit dull overall on the nose. Odd, plasticky attack. Off dry. Thin and unimpressive. Fair fruit. Decent length. Fair. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

09/03 1998 Koberner Weisenberg Riesling Auslese (Freiherr von Schleinitz)
(AP Nr. 1 649 017 7 99) 9% 50cl (Everywine, 5/12/01, £5.83). Part of a mixed case of von Schleinitz wines bought from everywine, none of which have risen much above the level of being merely OK, and too many didn't even rate that "accolade". A medium, green-tinged straw. Very dull, appley nose, but giving virtually nothing away. Fair attack. Clean, quite fresh with some richness behind it, which develops in the mouth. Some apples and some cream on palate, but very mean-spirited. A very odd harsh note towards the finish. Dull and uninteresting. Very mediocre. Poor. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

09/03 1989 Oberemmeler Karlsberg Riesling Auslese Goldcap
(v. Kesselstatt) (AP Nr. 3 561 077 103 90) 8.5%. Pulled from the rack as there was some sign of cork leakage. Rich lemon gold. Honey and petrol on the nose. Excellent attack.. Light, quite fresh. But steadily develops and fills to elegant honeyed roundness. Very well balanced, despite an apparently low acidity. Well structured, elegant wine. Though definitely not showing at its best due to minor cork failure. Still merits at least a Good though. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

09/03 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 1992, J J Christoffel
Yellowing colour. Sea breeze on the nose, sweetish and ripe, very ready to drink. A bit simple but great value at under £5. Good plus plus. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

09/03 Jösephshofer Riesling Spätlese 1997, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt
Lighter colour than the 1992. Spritzy, with nice complexity on the nose, more sea breeze (was it my dishwasher detergent?!). Nice balance. Good plus plus/Very Good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

08/03 Zillien 2001 Riesling
AP 3 551 083 8 02 9% abv (Lay & Wheeler). Pale to mid straw with a slight green tinge. Creamy peachy nose. Nice rich attack. Quite full, with good ripe fruit. Rcih and full on middle. Decent length, but a bit undistinguished on the finish. OK to Good. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

08/03 1993 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett P.Licht-Bergweiler
AP 2 577 264 8 94 7.5% abv (Bibendum). Medium gold, but still with a marked green tinge, like the innermost hear of a little gem lettuce. Rather thin, minerally nose - petrol and slate foremost. OK on attack. Decent fruit. Minerality again. Light, quite refreshing, if a bit simple and uni-dimensional. Creaminess after, with apple notes breaking through the wet stones it seems I've been sucking. Good (just). (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

08/03 1998 Koberner Weisenberg Riesling Spätlese Von Schleinitz
9% abv ( Part of a mixed case of von Schleinitz wines bought from everywine, not of which have risen much above the ok level. This Spätlese has a medium yellow gold colour in the glass. A rather dull, closed nose with some creaminess and minerality. Rather sweet on the attack. Fair fruit. Lacking acidity. Lacking elegance. Inoffensive. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

08/03 van Volxem Wiltinger Gottesfuß Riesling Alte Reben 2001
AP 3 567 212 06 02; 12 pabv; $65/750 mL . Rich wedding-ring gold. Very pure, almost wispy, peach aroma, edged with vanilla, followed by literally layers and layers of scent: sea air, saffron, spring water, raw meat, a little fermentation aroma, talcum, and so forth, on to a delicate cologne-like spring-flower impression. Even at this alcohol level, light, almost dancing, on the tongue, with its 20 plus grams of residual really hidden under minerals and four-spices. The finish really rocks, and I sigh. It ends with a sort of wry summary of everything it is now and promises for the future. Finesse in a bottle, and incredible integration. Totally seamless. Like looking at a Vermeer in the light it was painted by. A complete tour de force, and worth every penny. HOWEVER: not for the extremely long haul. Some may argue that point with me, though. (John Trombley, USA)

07/03 Urziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 1985 (Christoffel-Berres)
(Majestic £5.99) An attractive gold. Lovely aged Riesling nose. Smoky, petrolly, very minerally. Excellent attack, very attractive and enticing. Full and clean on palate, long on finish. An elegant old girl, though the petticoats are perhaps getting a bit worn. An amazing bargain for an 18-year old wine of this quality. (Ray Abercromby, UK)

07/03 Kuntsler2001 Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau)
This wine kicked off the proceedings with a medium lemon colour. The nose was soft, a tad sweet with some ripe apricots. A semi-rich and yet light alcohol taste, this was a well-balanced semi-sweet wine. Nice. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

07/03 Michael Schafer 1989 Dorsheimer Pittermanchen Riesling, Auslese
£5.99 from Majestic!! What a price! Colour - Golden Yellow, some crystals, quite 'thick' texture. Smell - Some citrus, banana, honey, petrol. Taste - these are new to me but wow!! Definitely on the sweet side but with a good acid backbone to stop it from being too sickly and cloying. Really long, long finish with all sorts of flavours pineapple, lime, syrup sugar. Just lovely on its own lightly chilled on a summers eve. Buying as much as I can tomorrow!!! (David Steven, UK)

06/03 1998 Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, H. Donnhoff
Pale, limpid, lovely stuff. A slight initial edge disappeared after an hour or so. Beautiful balance, lovely drinking. (Mark Pearce, UK)

06/03 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spätlese 2001, Wgt. St. Urbanshof/Öknonmierat Nic
AP 3 529290 015 02, 8.5 pabv, $20/750 mL, Village Corner, Ann Arbor; HB Wine Merchants, New York, Importer. Very pale copper with a fair amount of spritz. Quite yeasty and funky, with big peach and mango aromas, underlain with wet wool and spring flowers and a bit of pine. Not much more than Halbtrocken in residual, a big, full, dryish wine, with intense yeastiness and slatiness, and the sea-salt tang of the vintage. Plenty of ripe citrus-skin extract, too, with some greenness. This wine will develop within about 5 years into a wonderful table wine, a great match for food, and will hold for some time after that. Stylish, individual, forceful, and expressive of terroir. Highly recommended. (John Trombley, USA)

05/03 Zillikin Riesling 1998
Kicked off with this one purely because it was an "extra" I'd taken with me and I had to have something refreshing to sip on this hot night whilst waiting for the others to arrive! Classic MSR Riesling nose, just starting to hit its stride. Good mineral streak. Tingling acidity hits you first which is nicely balanced by the off-dry style. Nice finish. An excellent buy from Lay & Wheeler at £5 a bottle. (Philip Vaughan, UK)

05/03 Muller-Catoir Grauburgunder Auslese Trocken Gimmeldinger Meerspinne 1989
(Served blind). Intriguing wine this one and kept us all guessing to the last. A really full rich nose, very spicy. The fullness suggested Alsace, but that was incorrect. Had to be Pfalz then. It was. Incredibly full mouthful and a very warming alcohol (15% as it turned out!). (Philip Vaughan, UK)

05/03 van Volxem Riesling QbA 'Wiltimger Kupp' 2001
Another floral nosed Riesling (which aren't my favourite I'm afraid). Peter mentions he had red berries on this before, which he's struggling to find again. Tight, crisp, refreshing and very rounded palate showing exceptional balance. Incredibly high acidity that you'd think it/drink it dry, but there is plenty of RS there, but just perfectly proportioned. Long finish. This has to be one of the most perfectly balanced white wines I've ever had. (Philip Vaughan, UK)

05/03 1999 Tittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Auslese, Weingut Loersch-Eifel (7.5%) (50cl)
Alcohol level says it all eh. A glorious, pale wine that has a very mineral nose, that enhances the citrus fruits. Surprisingly in balance, the fruit flavours dominate and although there was sweetness, it was a background sensation. No real acidity, so its one to drink now. Pretty drunk by this stage, but my wine of the evening. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

05/03 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule, Loosen 8% (Haff bottle)
This tasted like a BA. Where the previous wine was delicious to drink now and in balance, this was much darker in colour and had a more toffee flavour. Does give pleasure now, but no real point in judging this now as it needs to be in the cellar for another 10 years plus. (Phil Wilkins, UK)

04/03 Weingut Michael Schafer, Dorsheimer Pittermannchen, Riesling Auslese 1985
This wine had a noticeable drop in level, about an inch below cork. The top foil was also missing. The cork itself was wet through and I wonder if some has leaked out at some stage in its life. Not quite golden but not far off. Very clear and still in the glass. No ribbons to speak of so it may well be ready to drink. A lot of fruit - pineapple, raisin and a touch of lemon and petrol. It also smells acidic? Gloriously sweet with not too much acid. There is plenty of petrol but enough fruit to make it taste fantastic. Compared to my standard Bert Simon 1989 it is not as good but it is an Auslese not spatlese. I would say it is like a sweeter version of the Bert but I get the impression the sweetness is artificial like someone added a teaspoon of sugar to a glass of good Kabinett - it catches the back of my throat. The finish is fairly short and I wouldn't expectthis to get any better than it is - maybe a couple of years too late or a below par bottle? (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/03 Weingut Michael Schafer, Dorsheimer Pittermannchen, Riesling Auslese 1989
Wine looked ok in bottle. Cork was wet with a little mold on the top. Very dark - past golden. It looks a touch cloudy and there is certainly something floating around in the wine - maybe some cork. Slight ribbons in the glass. This wine has a much bigger nose than the previous 1985. Its hard to tell what it smells of but there is not much petrol but it still has raisins and a hint of pineapple. This is well balanced. Not as sweet as the 1985 but a lot more flavour. This is very very good. I'm wondering if it may be a bit closed as I'm struggling for any fruit. The acidity seems perfect. Compared to the 1985 this is a lot better. I like this a lot partly because it isn't as sweet but it has more body to it. I recon this will last for a few more years yet but not the night - yippee !! The finish is a bit longer. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/03 Weingut Michael Schafer, Burg-Layer Johannisberg, Scheurebe, Auslese 1989
Cork and wine level were perfect. Perfect golden colour and with lots of ribbons in the glass. Very clear. Yummy!! This smells great lots of fruit but different from the previous two - I suspect due to the different grape variety but it still smells like a Riesling! First impression was carmel!? and yes it is carmel. This doesn't seem acidic at all but it is so well balanced that I may be missing it. This is just an absolute cracking wine and so well rounded that I can't find any fault in it. I like this grape variety! This wine has years ahead of it but it is still great. I think it has just come into its prime so I'd say another 5 maybe even 10 years before it fades. There is no real petrol aroma or taste and I cant wait for it. The finish is quite long and very satisfying.

04/03 Weingut Michael Schafer, Burg-Layer Schlosberg, Riesling, Auslese 1990
Cork and wine level were perfect. Not as golden as the previous wines (it is a spatlese) but still very good. No ribbons in glass. Much more zesty with lime and lemon aromas and a touch of rubber !! After having tried the Auslese this is a refreshing change. The word is zingy and very nice it is too. It is slightly dry and is certainly not sweet. I really like this - certainly my kind of wine. Beautiful! If I had started with this I would have been singing its praises as it is very good. Nice balance. Colour and fruit with good acidity, what more could you ask for? I still think this has a good few years left as there isn't much petrol. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/03 Dorsheimer Pittermännchen, Riesling, Auslese, 1989
Golden colour. Apples and pineapples plus a slight whiff of chemical (not kerosene, I don't think). Pallet has pineapples and apricots. Good acidity and the sweetness and acidity are very well balanced. Nice finish. (Philip Vaughan, UK)

04/03 Burg-Layer, Johannisburg, Scheurebe, Auslese, 1989
Dark golden colour - heading for brown. Big on apricots and pineapple. No chemical/kerosene. Hint of caramelised oranges. Less acidity than Riesling, but still very well balanced. Good finish. (Philip Vaughan, UK)

04/03 Scharxhofberger Kabinett 1992 – Egon Muller
The writing on this bottle was almost impossible to decipher and I know I have made errors in the spelling. A light lemon colour leads me to sniff the soft petrol nose. The first mouthful starts seemingly sweet but settles back to a comfortable off dry finish. Ron is still trying to convert me to German wines. I have to say that I 'nearly' enjoyed this wine. 85/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

04/03 Graacher Himmelreich RA, FW-Gymnasium 1993
A lovely wine. Delicate but firm, lime and mineral nose with only a faint hint of diesel. In the mouth, delicious light weight but with great concentration and beautiful tangy acidity to balance the sweet ripeness. Nicely complex and sweetly tangy on the finish. Very good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

04/03 Egon Müller Wiltinger Braune Kupp Riesling Spätlese 1989 (MSR)
Yum. Classic, rich, complex keroseny Riesling nose with good intensity, some peppery notes. Delicious, juicy palate with pretty smooth finish. I'd drink it over the next 3 or 4 years. V. good indeed. (Stephan Muller, UK)

03/04 Donnhoff 2001 Riesling (Nahe)
Soft, creamy nose, a touch floral. Medium sweet intro, neutral mid palate and an ok finish. Decent, hence 84/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

03/04 2001 Weingut Robert Weil, Riesling Kabinett Trocken
Very pale - almost no colour. The nose is quite floral with citrus notes. Good acidity with lingering flavours that make this a bit of a bargain for around €12. Very good and a lovely drink today. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

03/04 2001 Weingut Robert Weil, Riesling Kabinett Spätlese Trocken
Similar colour to the Kabinett. The nose is deeper and more malic. Just a little spritz on the palate and some harsh acidity too. The fruit is a little more concentrated and the finish is longer. This is a more 'serious' wine than the kabinett in that it needs time in the cellar. Probably worth the extra outlay at €18 (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

03/04 2001 Weingut Robert Weil, Riesling Spätlese Süss
Very pale colour. Appley, even steely nose. Sweet, but with good acidity. With an extra chill this would be the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer afternoon on the terrace. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

03/03 Ungsteiner Honigsackel Gewurztraminer Spatlese 1994, Pfeffingen (Fuhrmann-Eymael)
At 12.5% alocohol, I suspected it would have been fermented nearly dry and so it proved. Blast of absolutely typical, sweet Gewurz nose, palate just off-dry, with rich, concentrated Gewurz flavours. If there was any critcism, it was just a mite short of acidity. Not profound, just pure pleasure. Bought from Waitrose about 6-7 years ago, at a cost of about £7-£8. Pity it was a single bottle (Colin Bradley, UK)

03/03 1991 Wiltlinger Holle Riesling Spatlese 1991. Sanctus Jacobus Co-operative
Lovely kerosene and citrus nose. Elegant and fresh with enhanced lime cordial flavours on palate. A lovely balanced wine with such refreshing acidity. Very Good. (Ray Abercromby, UK)

02/03 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, J.J. Prüm 1989
Limpid, green-yellow hue, gorgeous nose of smoky diesel. Lovely definition of fruit in the mouth with perfect balance and tangy acidity. Delicious. Very good. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

02/03 Wgt van Volxem-Roman Niewodniczansky Estate Riesling 2001
11 pabv; AP 3 567 212 03 02; $16. Surprisingly warm color for this region. Stones and slate, stones and slate, stones and river water, remind me forcibly of the air of the region; some currant and lime and a touch of vanilla on the nose, and some yeasty pungency reminiscent of Prüm, for those who like wild fungi, as I do. A hint of sweet hayflower and lots of depth here. A ton of beautiful, dry, bright, brisk acids, all there for the lover of the Saar, or for those who want to know what this tiny region is all about, with lots of hay and currant leaf and even some grassines very reminiscent of the Scharzhofberg (and there may be some Scharzie juice in this, I think, from the style). Relatively firm in body and long with warm but integrated alcohol, this is a heck of a dry QbA. Those who love this region will know why I would call this a great QPR and a great dry Riesling. Enjoyable by itself but craves food. 90+. (John Trombley, USA)

02/03 van Volxem Scharzhofberger Riesling Spätlese 2001
AP 02 02; 8.5 pabv. Water-white. Very flinty and yeasty entry to nose; distilled flint and primary slate, wool fat, spearmint flower, and wild berries; flowers and fruit held in reserve and yet to come. A lean and supple wine, with some of the same bright acids and currant leaf as above, but tamed a bit by some residual; yeast and slate carry over onto the palate; fruit a peachy note. Very restrained and needing two years yet even for lovers of young German wines. 90. Those who have not tasted the modern wines of this estate would do well to see what the hoopla is all about. (John Trombley, USA)

02/03 Wgt. Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
AP 2 576 511 26 02; 8.5 pabv; $15/750 mL, Brentwood Wine Co., Weist/ILNA. Gold with almost an orange hue, very intense for type. A Super-Prüm nose with ton of stinky sox and intense flint, needs time to rid itself of some of this Prüm yeastiness and sulfide before it can be approached fairly. The typical sweet beeswax candle wick of this house and site is now emerging; very little clover flower honey as yet. With time, considerable redcurrant and even cattiness are evident. Lean, with chilled peach custard wrapped around some juicy sweetness that just peeks through but will be more prominent down the road. Tons of wound-up skin tones on the midpalate bode well for the patient. Intense but undeveloped finish. Even more intensely reductive wood winemaking (the trademark of this house) than usual, and a bit 'over the top'. Should not be approached, even for those who love 'em young, for at least a year, and perhaps longer. The ripe acids here will make for relatively enjoyable mature Kabinett drinking at ten years. 91. (John Trombley, USA)

02/03 Mosel Valley Riesling 2001
Sainsbury £2.99 (think that was a special offer). This was one of Tom's Wine of the Week choices in December. V pale straw. Round forward nose with decent fruit and nice waxy apple skins. Fair attack with some fruit. Fair attack with some fruit. Fills nicely and develops a rather odd pepperiness. Initial impression is of over-sweetness (though it comes in at a heady 11% abv), but after a few slurps and swirls there is some acid structure in there. OK and probably just about merits a good at the price. After being open a while it becomes a bit plasticky and industrial. Much improved after a mouthful of white chocolate - which is probably a very damning judgement... The other bottles have been relegated for cooking, where it's proven its value. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

02/03 1975 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spatlese P. Licht-Bergweiler
Medium to deep yellow gold - possibly the merest hint of copper. Lovely rich mature Riesling nose. Honeyed paraffin with a very smoky almost peaty nose. Quite a light attack with good appley fruit still showing, tempered by that peatiness coming through on the palate too. Not dry, not sweet - sugars and acid melded together. Massive length. VG but not breathtaking. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

02/03 1993 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett P. Licht-Bergweiler Erben
Palish bright lemony gold with a slight green tinge. Lovely Mosel Riesling nose. Minerally, oily & waxy apples and cream. VG attack. Fresh, clean appley fruit. V nicely knitted together. Very elegant and restrained. VG indeed. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

01/03 1985 Weingut Geschwister Niersteiner Olberg Riesling Eiswein
Deep golden yellow in colour, with a profound aromatic bouquet of honeysuckle. Full flavoured, with a wonderful balance of elegant sweetness and acid. It somehow managed to be intense without losing balance. the taste just lingered in the mouth. Still so fresh tasting. Excellent. (Ray Abercromby, UK)

01/03 R Haart 2000 "Haart to Heart", AP 0-1502, 6.90 euro
This is really a sort of estate Riesling. At 9.5% ,I thought it a bit alcoholic for the amount of fruit present. About 20g of residual sugar, so not a halbtrocken (or worse: a trocken). (David Lester , UK)

01/03 R Haart 2000 Riesling Kabinett, AP?, about 6.00 euro
More to my taste! 35g residual sugar, 8.5%. Excellent value for money. Typical Reisling Kabinett nose and taste. (David Lester , UK)

01/03 R Haart 1998 Goldtropfchen Riesling, AP 8-0599, 5.80 euro
A very odd, musky nose (more of which, later). To taste, again a typical Riesling. Subsequently noted as opened in Nov 2002! (David Lester , UK)

01/03 R Haart 2001 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese AP 1-0902 12 euro
The same odd nose again. I think it's a feature of young Goldtropfchen wines. Lots of extract, excellent taste and balance. 8.5% alcohol. (David Lester , UK)

01/03 R. Haart 2001 Piesporter Domherr Riesling Auslese AP 1-0602 19.50 euro
A much less intense nose than the Goldtropfchen. Again great balance and flavour. Less mineral than Goldtropfchen. 8.0% (David Lester , UK)

01/03 R Haart 1971 Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese AP?, not for sale
From the colour, I'd guessed a ten year old wine, and was about to guess a spatlese, when Theo spoilt the game by telling me what I was drinking. The nose is much less intense than the younger wines I had been drinking; this is clearly when to drink these wines! This bottle had been open for four weeks. (David Lester , UK)

01/03 Fritz Haag Riesling Auslese Goldkaspul Brauneburger Juffer 1979
Very petrol, quite mineral. Pretty rich with some botrytis. Good concentration. Nice length. Good. (David Strange, UK)

01/03 Fritz Haag Riesling Auslese Goldkapsul Brauneburger Juffer Sonnenuhr 1995
Slightly arm-pitty nose, bit of cheese, but lots of citrus fruit. Palate is very rich with lots of fine acid. A bit of spritz. Really very good indeed. (David Strange, UK)

12/02 1991 1971 Von Simmern Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Auslese
Dark gold color that shows the graceful aging of this wine. This Auslese is holding on but clearly it has reached its peak and the end of the plateau. Wonderful just to keep my nose in the glass with notes of just baked apple and honey; the Riesling showed modest levels of acidity and was slightly flabby. The intense flavors of dried apricots, and over-ripened pineapple were accentuated by a voluptuous mouthfeel with a finish that just wouldn't quit. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1971 Schloss Schonborn Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling BA
Dark golden, almost amber in hue, this Schloss shows some orange peel aromas with sweet apricot and peach flavors. Unfortunately the fruit is starting to tire and is thinning out, even though the acidity is still pretty lively. For 31 years old, this was quite enjoyable, but it has seen its better days. I still feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to try this wine twice this month. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1975 Schlosseitz Eltviller Sonnenburg Riesling TBA
Coffee color with a yellow rim created high expectations once this was opened. Powerful and rich, as a 27-year-old TBA should be. This wine presented dark molasses and cinnamon sugar flavors, but the acidity was underwhelming. Still enjoyable but was probably a lot better 5+ years ago. I was glad to try a German Riesling from this vintage though, as normally the oldies from this decade are always from 1971 and 1976. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1976 Schlosseitz Eltviller Sonnenburg Riesling TBA
It was great having the opportunity to try these back-to-back. This vintage possessed more of a caramel color with more open and clean flavors. Just about more of everything and in this TBA, that was a good thing. The 1975 had more density and viscosity but I liked the seamless integration and tantalizing aromatics far better in this 1976 version. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1976 Dr.H.Thanisch Bernkasteler Schlossberg Riesling Auslese
Sublime aromas of orange peel and rose hips with lots of floral notes wafting up from the glass. Fine acid level and subtle minerality, which added to the overall complexity. This would be a great substitute for orange juice at breakfast every morning. Yummy wein! (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1976 Nicolay Weitz Okfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese
this wine tasted directly after the above, (1976 Auslese), was a slight disappointment in comparison to the Thanisch. Funky stench took awhile to blow off and offer up citrus and spearmint. Interesting combo of over ripe pineapple and Juicy Fruit gum flavors. Expressive but short finish and would have been a good wine on its own, but not in the 90 point range. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 1979 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erban Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett
I hate drinking these old German wines from lousy off vintages like '79! Christoffel can make very good wines even in vintages such as this, and it was a fine example of deft winemaking. Certainly this Kabinett is showing its age and there were iced tea (hold the sugar), and herbal notes to complement the tertiary Riesling flavors. But when there is enough acid left on board and the fruit is still there, who cares? Very enjoyable to say the least. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 2001 Robert Eymael Monchoff Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Eiswein
This producer's first Eiswein since their 1975 bottling! Essence of maple candy with apricot and tart pears. Well balanced wine with excellent acidity and a distinctive, long finish. I'll be back in another decade. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erban Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese
(had this wine 2x in 3 weeks) – Very light in color, almost clear. It had permeating aromas of freshly bloomed honeysuckle and ripe white peaches. Acid attacked the palate (and at the second tasting, it showed some slight effervescence). Intriguing peach flavors that are focused, but one-dimensional at this stage. This wine will be a head turner in the years or decades to come. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 2001 Von Simmern Erbacher Marcobrunn Riesling Kabinett
Pale color showing some minerals and peach notes with some lovely apple and peach flavors highlighted. It's another fine example of the quality of the 2001 vintage in many parts of Germany. A well made Kabinett with the acid, structure and fruit all in synch. Interesting to taste the Von Simmern 1971 Auslese from the same vineyard. (Roy Hersh, USA)

12/02 1991 Riesling Kabinett Oberhauser Leistenberg 2001, Donnhoff
Estery nose, very ripe with lots of thick ripe fruit, lots of sugar. Quite low acidity. Very drinkable. (David Strange, UK)

11/02 Sainsbury's Mosel Riesling 2001
I cannot remember the last time I bought wine for 2.99! Tom's wine of the week convinced me to take the 'plunge'. His tasting note is spot on, the wine has a good fresh riesling bouquet and the palate is lively with a good balance between sweetness and acidity, my only criticism might be that a slightly industrial manufactured character creeps in after a few hours or an overnight, but really for this price this is excellent value. (Charles Adams, UK)

11/02 1996 Langenlonsheimer Löhrer Berg Scheurebe Spätlese Weingut W. Schweinhardt, Nahe. 9.5%
Notably viscous. Greenish gold. Rich nose - touch of apple, touch of gooseberry - but rather dull. Light fruit juice attack, which fills into quite a rich, rather oversweet mushy goo-ey-ness. Nothing on finish: just stops. Blind, I'd have said it must be cheap Liebfraumilch. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

11/02 Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese 1990 (Zilliken)
Pale straw/quite green on colour. Lightly petrolly and candylike nose. Rather wishy-washy and one-dimensional. The sugar seems to have been used up. There is some acidity, but it's rather subdued. Disappointing (Jan-Tore Egge, Norway)

11/02 1999 Sulzfelder Maustal Silvaner (Franken) Auslese [Maindreieck]; AP 4000 255 00
An unfortunate short cork and the Bocksbeutel seem designed to discourage cellaring, which is sad, since this wine has definite aging potential. Very positive greenish-gold with high viscosity and tearing and Weinstein flakes. Grapey, with figs and resinous apple cider and a clean stoniness. Very ripe and intense, with enough residual sugar to suggest that this was made from well-selected fruit; little evidence of Botrytis, but with whistle-clean acidity. There are tealike and tangerinelike notes on the finish, which has a remarkably soft but lively texture (John Trombley, USA)

11/02 1991 Jacobus Trierer Deutschherrenberg Riesling Spätlese 1991, Majestic 5,49
Went down to the Darlingto branch to see if they had more stock. 3 different cases of 91's from the same producer and got them to open this at random. Again the staff were amazed that we wanted to try a German. This was thinner than the Bert Simon wines, and definitely had less fruit. Petrol flavours dominated, and though it was ok for the money, we decided to give it a miss. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 1998 Weller-Lehnett Dhroner Hofberger Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, 5.49 Majestic
Only real dry wine. Quite tight, but the acidity has calmed down and this was a medium bodied, very drinkable dry white wine. Pity summer is over. Given the price it's a steal. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 2000 Weller-Lehbert Piesporter Kabinett 3,99 Majestic
A younger, sweeter wine. Sweetness currently dominates and it's a bit honeyed and out of balance. Only one that reminded me of the Tesco Rieslings from Friday. Still had more class though and needs a couple of years to settle down. This will definitely age and will definitely get better. Can you say the same for any other 3.99 wine ? (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 1997 Reichscaf Von Hesselstatt Kabinett 6,49 COOP
Immediately noticed the step up in class. Still tight, there was a slight zing to the wine. Very pale colour, the sweetness was not too pronounced and the wine just seemed to be waiting for something to happen. Really enjoyed this and again would let it sit in the cellar for some time. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 1997 Cardinal Cusanus Stifiswein Kabinett 4,99 Majestic
This was a bit clumsy. Sweeter, with less balance. It was ok, but probably the wine I was least likely to buy. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 1997 Deutfchherren-hof Spatlese 5,99 Majestic
Had the extra ripeness that you would expect from a Spatelese. Less sweet than the pervious wine, it had a bigger weight of fruit and also better balance. Slightly darker in colour than the Von Hesselstatt, it was yet again great to drink and yet again will happily reward some more time in the cellar (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Bert Simon Eitelsbacher Marienholz 1990 Riesling Kabinett, 4,99 Majestic
Very complex from the combination of petrol and fruit, with the fruit still dominating. It had that lovely thickness in the mouth that concentrated, low alcohol Riesling can have. Mouth coating and moorish. Bottle only lasted ½ and hour or so. Bought a case between us and only debate now is about who's bottle we drunk. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Bert Simon Serriger Herrenberg 1989 Riesling Spatlese 5,99 Majestic
First wine we drank. Mature wine. Rich yellow colour. Complex nose of petrol and slightly exotic fruit. In the mouth the wine sings. Great stuff. In balance, with perhaps the petrol starting to dominate the fruit, this wine never the less had layers of wonderful fruit and a slight creaminess. I think the petrol flavours are going to continue to assert themselves so I would drink this sooner rather than later. Price is a sad statement on the current wine drinking trends. Didn't take long to finish the bottle. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Christoffel Prüm Ürziger Würzgarten 1992 Riesling Spatlese 5,99 Majestic
Recently reviewed by others. This for me was stunning. Didn't really notice the petrol flavours and found enough sweetness and acidity in the wine to suggest that it has yet to obtain optimum balance. Went out and bought a case for the cellar. Another wine that lasted 40 min or so. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Bert Simon Kaseler Kehrnagel 1990 Riesling Spatlese, 5,49 Majestic
Tasted in the Majestic shop in Newcastle. Ask for this to be opened, which was no problem. The assistant explained that he didn't know a lot about the wine as its not the sort of thing they sell a lot of. Much like the Kabinett below, it was a wine that definitely needs 5 years in the cellar. Turned out that there were only a couple of bottles left, but we managed to pick some more up on Sat in Darlington. Tried a Chilean Sauvingon Blanc in the shop, which cost around the same. Could only laugh at the difference in quality. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Carl Ehrhard Rhienqua QBA 2001 Tesco 4,46
Hoping that this would be the "find" of the weekend. Wrong. Very honeyed wine this was sickly and a bit chemical. Not like any German Riesling I know (which is probably deliberate) this was horrible and the sort of wine that gives Germany a bad name (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Finest Great Southern Riesling Riesling 2001 4,74
Seen this recommended before, but found it naff. As we discovered at the Superbowl, there are very different styles of Australian Riesling, and for me this was the honey variety that I find a bit sickly. Very similar to the German wine above but there was an additional petrol quality to the wine, which detracted from the overall taste. Also disappointed to find that zing of acidity missing. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 1995 Cardinal Cusanus Riesling Beerenauslesse
A ½ bottle I brought over with me. Found it to be drying out and as I don't remember where I bought it from, I think it may have had some bad storage. Lots of sweetness and fruit though, and Stuart was happy enough to drink it. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

11/02 Kurt Darting 1998 Ungsteiner Bettelhaus Rieslaner Beerenauslese, Germany 8%: £10 (US$15) per 1/2
Colour: Golden yellow. Nose: Cream caramel, petrol, sweet. Palate: This is nectar! Virtually no acidity, I cannot see how this could get any better or sweeter. A definite crowd pleaser and all 3 1/2 bottles were gone within 15 minutes. 94/100. (Nicos Neocleous, UK)

10/02 1999 Portugieser Rotwein. Kühling-Gillot Rheinhessen Qualitätswein
Rather dull strawberry/burgundy colour. Earthy mushroomy nose with strawberry and citrus. Pleasant enough attack. Don't know what it is with this wine and strawberries, but they're even coming through on the palate. Decent fruit. Very light finish with some fruit. But a bit weird really rather sweet - unpleasantly so. It seemed to me to be lacking something, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it - it's got fruit, length ... then I realised it's lacking any interest, and just plain unattractive (to me). (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 1992 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese, Jos Christoffel Jr
Majestic - £4.99 Horrifically badly corked! So bad that I didn't even pour it down the sink - it went down the drain outside. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

10/02 2000 Trittenheimer Altärchen Riesling Kabinett, Grans Fassian
Asda £5.99. Very posh cork for a £5.99 wine - very long and good quality! Pale granny smith flesh colour. Bit of a dull nose - waxy with a hint of apples. Good attack - fresh and clean. Fills quickly with good ripe fruit. Exceedingly apple-y. Fair acidity, but a bit more would really help it. But still nice & refreshing, crisp and clean. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

09/02 1997 Dr Loosen, Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese
Golden colour. Nose has mild kerosene, light citrus touches and some sweetness. Palate is reasonably sweet (8.0% alc.) with excellent acidity. A great match with Thai green curry, giving a pure and long tangerine finish. A very nice wine. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

09/02 Riesling Auslese, Kreuznacher Gutenthal, Carl Finkenauer 1975
This converted my brother and his girlfriend to sweet wine, but you couldn't call this a "stickie" in any way. Gorgeous yellow/orange colour and fine nose (muted petrol notes). Perhaps the criticism of this wine was for all its excellent acid structure, the fruit did not quite match it. But a lovely wine to experience and a snip at 14 quid, really. Very good plus. (Matthew Mellor, UK)

08/02 Dr. Thanisch Bernkastler Lay Kabinett 1989
Superb bouquet of flowers, lemon rind, and oranges very easy drinking with a hint of sweetness and botrytis which distracts a little from an otherwise enchanting riesling. Very good/excellent. (Charles Adams, UK)

08/02 1998 August Kesseler, Reingau Riesling Kabinett
Yellow. Nose has a little background lemon and boiled sweets with more up-front peachy notes. Palate is verysweet but with refreshing acidity and dense fruit (alc.8.5%). A good finish too - very enjoyable. (Bill Nanson, Switzerland)

07/02 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 1994, Fritz Haag, M-S-R
Good colour. Apricot aromas, just beginning to display petrol notes. Lovely honeyed palate, with apricots and peaches. Acidity still shows on finish. No hurry to drink this but is lovely now. Very good. (David Pope, UK)

07/02 Escherndorfer Lump, Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1999, Horst Sauer, Franconia
Bright gold colour. Glorious palate - very sweet, unctuous, syrup, marmalade, nectarines, apricots. Great length. Still young. Yum yum yum. Already one of my wines of the year. Superb. (David Pope, UK)

07/02 Scharzhofberger Kabinett Riesling 1994, Egon Muller, M-S-R
Beautifully balanced, honeyed palate. Somewhere between medium dry and medium sweet. Light, gentle, poised. A model Kabinett. Not much acidity, so probably best to drink now. Good plus (at least). (David Pope, UK)

07/02 Hochheimer Kirchenstuck Spatlese Riesling 1996, Franz Kunstler (Rheingau)
Deeper colour than no. 1. Sweeter, richer, more full-bodied despite being lower alcohol. Tropical fruits on palate - nectarine? Very good length. Acidity more noticeable than no. 1; probably more of a future. Very good. (David Pope, UK)

07/02 G.H. Mumm (Rheingau) Riesling Classic 2000
AP #21, 11.5% alc., 12.2 g/l r.s. Some pineapple and petrol on the typical but vague nose; pleasant on the palate, much on the dry side but quite soft. Not too long. Lacking fruit but otherwise decent. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 G.H. Mumm Riesling Spätlese Mittelhöhle 2000
AP #25, 10% alc., 24 g/l r.s. Much richer on the nose than the above, with some candied fruit and minor bitter. Lacks definition but quite long and intense on the palate. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Schloß Johannissberg (Rheingau) Riesling Kabinett 2000
AP #1, 11% alc., 12 g/l r.s. Clearly more elegant, but also more diffused nose than the Mumm wines, mineral and dusty, with hints of ripe apple, gooseberry and yeast. Not too long on the palate, though the intensity is fair and the texture oily. Acids on the low side. Lacking some definition of fruit. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Schloß Johannissberg Riesling Spätlese 2000
AP #13, 9.5% alc., 48 g/l r.s., harvested at 94o Oechsle. Very mineral again, slightly spicy and stemmy. Very soft on the palate, round and velvety, not too long, again lacks definition and shows just average class. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Schloß Johannissberg Riesling Kabinett 1975
AP #8. Very light colour. Nose of old wood oxidation, dry and rather aggressive as of smoked meat. Full-bodied in mouth, with the oiliness of stale sunflower oil. Interesting, though not very long. Lacks expression as do the younger wines. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Schloß Johannissberg Riesling Spätlese 1976
AP #10. Colour much towards peach. Pretty much the same nose as the 1975 Kabinett but even dirtier, with some rubber overtones, but all in all more interesting because of the finally satisfying aromatic focus. The only drawback is that the Riesling character seems lost, if not for a sweetness reminiscent of honey. Medium length, better harmony I think than in the 1975. (Nerval, UK)

07/02 Schloß Johannissberg Feinste Auslese 'Faß 189' 1945
Riesling of course, though not mentioned on the label. Beautiful light honeyed colour. Very old-winey nose of stale fruit and old wood, but quite harmonious on the palate, oily not biting, still rather vivid if quite old-woody, especially on the already quite aggressive finish. Not too old, rather épanoui and stable. In a way already timeless. Drinkable and pleasurable, though perhaps not as emotional as one would expect. (Nerval, UK)

06/02 Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Brut 1997
Beautiful golden-green in the glass. Peculiar nose of currant leaf and licorice, quite peachy, with minor rubbery notes. Fresh and fruity in mouth, if losing some definition with time in the glass. Rather solid in texture, with again that fruit leaf flavour; good givré citrus character. Shows a sweetish note reminiscent of physalis at the end. Very good aromatic wine. (Nerval, UK)

04/02 Wachenheimer Mandelgarten Huxelrebe Beerenauslese 1992, Kurt Darting
Not so much fruit this time round. Still lovely balance but turning very milky with rice pudding the dominant flavour now. Still a great drink though (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/02 JJ Prum Spatlese 1997
Can't remember which one this was. All sugar and water at the moment – tasted great. Needs another 5 years plus for my tastes, though 10 is probably nearer the mark. Still has an ever so slight fizz to it. (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/02 Worms Riesling 1996, Germany
A simple qualitatswein with some bottle age. Didn't right down the producer. Pity as it was possibly the best wine of the weekend. Lovely golden colour, it was in that stage where the petrol taste is just starting to take over. Fruit was still present and the combination got better and better as the wine warmed up. Why people don't buy this sort of wine is a complete mystery to me (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/02 Donnehoff 1998 Riesling Kabinet, Halbtrocken
Didn't notice this was a dry version. Lots of slate, lemon and acidity. Slight fizz to it. Nice and will definitely cope with some more time in the bottle. Just wish it was the full sugar, low alcohol version (Cameron Clark, Holland)

04/02 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 1992
J J Prum - clear in colour. Classic petrolly Riesling nose although it`s still relatively undeveloped. A modest amount of residual sugar. Typical floral nose. Not a flamboyant wine but perfect with ice-cream! (21/25) (Neal Martin, UK)

03/02 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Auslese, Donnhoff, 1999
There is a great purity to this wine, creamy dreamy fruit, sweetness without rot, good acidity and it is hard to stop drinking it. Best without food. Good to very good but for this money I can find much more pleasure elsewhere. (Charles Adams, UK)

02/02 Wehlener Abtei Riesling Eiswein Kloster Machern 1983
Lovely balanced wine showing sweetness balanced with good reisling flavours coming through on the dryish finish. 14/20 (Paul Anderson, UK)

02/02 Gutsabfullung Freiherr v. Schleinitz Riesling BA M-S-R
Medium gold with a greenish tinge. Fragrant, honeyed Riesling nose, but a bit unexceptional with a hint of sugariness coming over. good attack. Hint of acid. Gives way to a rather rich sweetness. Possibly a bit cloying, but then some acid reappears towards the finish, but never quite matches the sweetness, which soon dominates again. Not the best balanced BA. But very acceptable, and certainly better than merely workmanlike. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

02/02 Dr Hermann Uerziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese 96
Already my budget white of the year. Green gold colour, with some kerosene on nose which is then overwhelmed by the lime fruit. Waves of fruit on palate, with good supporting acidity and maybe a hint of botrytis, completed by just enough residual sugar to blance the acid. Very long finish and an absolute work of art at six quid. 16.5/20, £6 Majestic (Anthony Taylor, UK)

10/01 Niewodniczansky Wiltinger Riesling AP 02 01, 12 percent alcohol
Opens quite peachy with soap and metallic undertones which blow off rapidly. Develops tea aromas, orange, and muskmelon notes., and surprisingly round and balanced for a Saar 'trocken,' although this is more like a 'halbtrocken' style, as the others are. An easy-drinking and pleasant wine. (John Trombley, UK)

10/01 Niewodniczansky Wiltinger Schlangengraben Riesling AP 08 01, 10.5 percent
Gently steely, monotonic at first. Floral, peach and strawberry, nose more complex and forceful than the Villages wine. Becomes bready and aromatic with time in glass. This has a rounder, sweeter finish and is also somewhat yeasty still. Obviously needs some time to open and settle down, which is true for all these wines with the possible exception of the first. They have been about a month in bottle only, and should get a chance to rest a bit and catch their breath! (John Trombley, UK)

10/01 Niewodniczansky Wiltinger Braunfels 'Vols' Riesling AP 09 01, 13 percent
Very forward and powerful berry-laden nose, also becoming aromatic (nice incense bush notes). Limpid in body, with a yeasty, citric finish; on the drier side. (John Trombley, UK)

10/01 Niewodniczansky Scharzhofberger 'Pergentsknopp' Riesling AP 03 01, 12 percent
Most tasters picked either this or the 'Vols' as the best of the dry wines. Melon, cassis, and a touch grassy. Has a beautiful sweet caramel note, although it's difficult to describe, something I haven't noted from the Scharzhofberg before. This is heavier in body, but has a dry, very delicate and tantalizing finish. (John Trombley, UK)

10/01 Niewodniczansky Wiltinger Gottesfuß 'Alte Reben' [Gelber] Riesling AP 05 01, 12 percent
My choice for best, although most of the others had given up on it by the time it started to open, about three hours after the cork came out. Most expensive QbA ever marketed in Germany, to my knowledge, and some agreed with me that it was worth the money for this obviously special bottle. Starts out melony and closed but there is a floral sweetness there. It's also relatively high in residual for this bunch, showing the same berry complexity noted above. This wine does wonderful things once it has adequate time: it shows the same seamless, caressing integration even young that sometimes marks pre-Phylloxera wines on their own rootstocks (which this is, being made from a 125-year-old vineyard). (John Trombley, UK)

09/01 Dr Hermann Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese 1994, MSR
AP no 2602 145 695 Where else would you get seven year old Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese for a fiver but Majestic? This is a good one, despite the low price. Lovely smoky honey-tinged nose leads to a rich palate with bracing acidity, some appley notes and a touch of spice. Expressive and tasty, this doesn't taste overly sweet, although there's clearly quite a bit of residual sugar here. Very good+ (£4.99 Majestic) (Jamie Goode, UK)

07/01 Lergenmüller Chardonnay Spätlese 1997, Pfalz
When this nicely packaged German Chardonnay showed up in Waitrose, my curiosity was aroused. It turned out to be a fairly complex, bond dry, savoury wine with some real interest, and a very different drink to your average new world chard. A full yellow/gold colour, this has spice and honey on the nose with some toasty, bready notes. The palate is broad and savoury with high acid and a spicy finish. There are also honey and nutty elements, a tinge of bitterness, and noticeable oak influence from barrique fermentation and ageing. Very good (£6.99 Waitrose) (Jamie Goode, UK)

07/01 Schloss Johannisberg 1993er Rheingau Riesling Grünlack (Spätlese Trocken)
Attractive polished bronze color, fairly dense texture. A very curious coppery scent, like an electrical short; quite stony; Chablis-like gunflint, with complex sweet floral undertones. Hints of cinnamon and apple; rounded and integrated acidity with a bit of delicate petrol and dry honey on finish. A luscious, wonderful and perfectly matured dry Riesling. (John H. Trombley, USA)

06/01 Kasel Kehrnagel Riesling Kabinett 1990, Bert Simon, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Great stuff - even better than the Urz Wurz 1993 Spatlese. This has a deep gold colour, and a proper stinky riesling petrol / slate nose. Not as peachy, nor probably as complex, but it gets my vote for sheer drinking pleasure. Long, with lime-zest acidity. Actually come to think of it, this is definitely less complex and subtle than the Urz Wurz, but really lovely wine with verve. Given the glacial pace at which good riesling evolves, there must be another 10 years in this. Cost? I dunno, something around a fiver, prolly £5.99. Fantastic wine. (Joel Hopwood, UK)

05/01 Tesch Riesling Spaetlese Trocken Laubenheimer Karthaeuser 1998
Tesch are a family estate in the Nahe. This and the next both had 12.5% alc. A fairly deep yellow gold with some greenish tinges. Very clean nose, but somewhat lacking in character. Quite minerally, rich and with a hint of citrus. On the palate, not particularly interesting. VG length and some nice acid. Possibly a bit of CO2 floating around. Much lighter than you'd expect for this alcohol level. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Tesch Riesling Spaetlese Trocken Laubenheimer St Remigiusberg 1998
Fairly deep yellow gold again, but with a bit less green. More depth to the nose, creamier with more obvious apples. On the palate rounder, fuller and less austere. A bit less elegant, more more easily approachable. Again, remarkably light and fresh for the alc content. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl Reiterpfad Ruppertsberg Riesling Spaetlese Grosses Gewachs 1999
Again, another dry Spaetlese, this time from the Pfalz and with 13.8% alc and 8g residual sugar. A rich straw in the glass with a fair bit of CO2 evident, though eventually it blew off. Lovely nose - very fragrant - peachy with mineral tones. Very full on the palate. Very ripe and full. Bit lacking in Riesling character and a bit spritzy. Not particularly impressive. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Dr Buerklin-Wolf Gaisboehl Ruppertsberg Edition G.C. 1998
The Gaisboehl Ruppertsberg is a Burklin-Wolf monopol. The GC stands for Grand Cru! 13.5% alc 9 g res sugar. Fairly rich medium gold. Rather minerally nose. Much deeper and rounded, less fragrant than 3. Good on the palate, very clean. Richer but slightly more together than 3. Very ripe fruit. Not as long as 3. Quite spicy on the finish. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Schloss Vollrads Riesling Spaetlese Oestrich-Winkel Rheingau 1999
A halbtrocken now, picked very late (10th December). 11.4% alc, 17g res sugar. The first vintage from the new (bank-owned) regime at Vollrads. Medium gold. Gorgeous nose - highly perfumed and notably creamy. Very fine attack. Rich flavours, although not as ripe as preceding wines. Could do with a bit more acid. Interesting wine, but a bit short and uni-dimensional. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett 1999
Pale greenish tinged straw. Beautiful archetypal Mosel nose. Less peachy than the Pfalz & Rhein examples - much more appley now. Rather a complex nose actually. Clean and very fresh attack. Lots of apples and cream developing in the mouth. Certain steeliness to it and a very fine acidity. Superb length with fruit returning after. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spaetlese 1999
Bit fuller a colour than 6. Much more minerally and with less fruit on the nose. Nose is really rather closed. Much sweeter than preceding wines, but the acidity develops well in the mouth. Bit reticent - needs more age. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Spaetlese 1999
9% alc, 74 g res sugar. Vines 20+ years old. Very bright medium gold. Massive nose. Lots of peaches and cream. Very ripe and noticeable sugar on the nose. Lovely attack. Rich and very ripe in the mouth, but some good acidity too, making it v. accessible. Great length. A little element of spice on finish and after. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Weingut Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 1996
9% alc. Only 55 cases produced. Startlingly bright medium gold. Rather a lot of CO2 noticable in the glass, though most blows off. Intense full nose - bit of mineral and petrol coming through and a definite touch of honey. Touch slatey too. Quite sweet on the attack. Lots of apple flavours. Some acidity kicks in towards the finish. Great length. Utterly clean and remarkably fresh. This is undoubtedly the star of this dozen. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese No. 6 1999
8% alc. Small quantities of course. Pale gold in the glass - not especially bright and perhaps even a bit dull. A light nose - a bit smoky, but very closed indeed. Sweet attack. V rounded but the sweetness dominates the fruit. With a bit of aeration, some fine acidity becomes more evident which stops it becoming at all cloying. Good length. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Dr Buerklin-Wolf Wachenheimer Geruempel 'R' 1990
9% alc. 60g res sugar. Although not labelled as such, an Auslese. R stands for Reserve - the wine is not released until after six years. Medium-deep very yellow gold. Petrol and a touch of honey on the nose. Full attack. Plenty of acidity. Very fine and elegant - remarkably so for a wine from the Pfalz. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

05/01 Staatlicher Hofkeller Wuerzburger Stein Riesling Eiswein, Wuerzburg Franken 1998
Bit of a rarity this - a Franken wine from a single grape Riesling and sweet to boot. 8% alc. 233g residual sugar. Grapes picked on 22nd November. A mere 650 litres produced. Served from halves (halves of Bocksbeutel, which look even stranger than their full-sized brother!). Deep honeyed gold with orange tinges. Hints of caramel and raisins on the nose. Rather reticent nose at first, but develops in the glass with very notable dried apricot tones. Very clean nose. Massively concentrated. Extremely well balanced sugar/acidity. Bit simple perhaps, but hugely concentrated and a bit of a treat. (Andrew Stevenson, UK)

04/01 Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 1999 J.L. Wolf
Pale yellow colour. Quite fat nose with a fair amount of spice. Honeyed pear - classic pinot gris nose. Palette is a little on the hot side and rather thin. Rather limp. Nevertheless a creditable rendition of pinot gris - I'd like to try it in a more favourable year. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Wachenheim Riesling Village Wine 1999 J.L. Wolf
Pale yellow colour. Floral and tropical fruit aromatics. Some smokiness. Big spritz on the palette and good acidity. Alcohol is a little high again. Not bad. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Wachenheim Belz Riesling "Premier Cru" 1998 J. L. Wolf
Pale-mid yellow. Big peach and mango fruit on the nose, very forward. Quite a full palette, with the fruit decidedly dominant. Acidity is a little low again, but it is just about balanced. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Pechstein Riesling "Grand Cru" 1998 J. L. Wolf
Pale-mid yellow. Noticeably more mineral nose than other Wolf wines tried tonight. Fruit is pretty much the same as before (big and tropical) but taking a back seat to the minerals on the palette. Some fruit-skin flavours, and passionfruit more than the peach and mango. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett 1999 Dr Loosen
Pale-mid yellow Smoky brimstone lies over intense tropical fruit on the nose. Spitzy on the palette, good acid, but somewhat low, very tropical again. Lighter than the Pfalz wines, and with a strong Mosel mineral streak. Lacks nerve somewhat, but good nevertheless. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 1999 Dr Loosen
Exotic nose of mulled wine spices and trademark Loosen tropical fruit. Palette is surprisingly sweet for this pradikat level and rather too low in acid. Big and rich, larger than life wine. It is not entirely balanced, but it just about manages to hang in there. Fun for a mouthful, but ultimately a bit of a nonsense. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 1988 Dr. Loosen
Rich yellow colour. Huge mineral nose that really screams mosel out of the glass, accompanied by that larger than life Loosen fruit. A little bit of petrol going on, but more slatey than anything else. Lovely richness and balance, off-dry rather than sweet now it has some age. It's big, but it's big with class. Serious wine. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 1999 Dr. Loosen
Mid yellow colour. White peach nose that seems rather mute to me (although others didn't seem to agree). Certainly, the nose seems to have more sugar-sweetness than fruit-sweetness, if that makes sense. Palette is rich and sweet, but seems rather bland, and is decidedly unbalanced with far too little acid. The finish does blossom out into rather more fruit with hints of the classic minerality, so perhaps it's just that I'm unused to tasting these big wines so young. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 1990 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Auslese, Fuder 29.
Vibrating with resinous aroma - terrifyingly powerful. Almost gangly at first, with such massive component parts, but perfectly harmonious with time in glass (and dissolved carbon dioxide coming out). Very precise, needs more bottle-age to become baroque amd hypercomplex - now tastes like essence of the grape (I would teach what riesling is like with this). Very great wine. (George Horton, UK)

04/01 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese Sanctus Jacobus 1990 Vereinigte Hospitien
Mid yellow-green colour. All these Hospitien wines have had a very characteristic over-tart apple-lime fruit, and this is no exception. However, it adds a ripeness and richness in the form of pineapple and slight honey. At the same time there is a definite hint of Weh. Son. slate minerality, along with a nice touch of petrol. Palette is nicely balanced between acidity and off-dry sweetness, and follows through well on the minerality, but somehow I feel that (as with all these Hospitien wines) the structure is bigger than the rest of the wine can take, and it seems to fade towards the back of the mouth. Has a touch of that funny bitter finish as well. On the other hand, for five pounds this is still an unbelievable bargain. (Lucian Holland, UK)

04/01 1989 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett (AP: 2 576 511 15 90)
No real liveliness despite the concentration and richness of petrol and wet slate on the nose and palate – the acidity was muted, and it seemed overly developed to me. Perhaps a bad bottle. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

04/01 Gunderloch, Nackenheimer "Jean Baptiste" Riesling, 1998
This is a wonderful, rich Riesling suitable either for sipping or with food. I would not normally choose a Riesling with mussels but it happened to be the only white already cooled when I went looking. I love this wine with the mild Asian stir fries that many of us eat regularly these days, but it also worked very well with a classic French mussels mariniere. It is relatively full bodied for a Riesling with sound acidity, good viscosity and a slightly deeper than usual colour. Lemon, pear and perhaps a touch of ginger. I doubt it would age well but it tastes so wonderful now that there is no need for aging. This has been a great value at $14.00 Can. (Stephen Farris, Canada)

1971 Schloss Reinhartshauserer Hattenheimer Hessel Riesling Spatlese, Rheingau, AP: 3 2071 006 72
This is what aged Riesling can do – sacrifice some youthful fruit in return for an incredibly nice nose of slate, honey, botrytis (not something I caught immediately), flowers, spice, lime, petrol. Lovely resolution on the palate, but still with a healthy zing, this was pretty dry, and remained balanced till the very end, with a really nice finish. It’s the patience that hurts, I tell you (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

03/01 Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett Sanctus Jacobus 1990, Vereinigte Hospitien
Rich gold colour. Nose has quite a bit of mature waxy petrol. Very fresh and green, lots of apple peel, but also some very slight richer notes of honey and sweeter tropical fruit and pear drops. The palette is powerfully acidic, slightly spritzy and very, very appley indeed (like eating an underripe granny smith); pretty thin, without being graceful. The finish is straightforwardly citric, but has a strange bitter hint reminiscent of underripe tannins(!). In an uncharitable mood I'd say this reminded me of cheap cider, but that would be unfair. On the other hand Majestic have several much better MSR wines on sale now for the same money. Should have been drunk some time ago, I suspect. (3.99 Majestic) (Lucian Holland, UK)

02/01 Kurt Darting Durkheimer Fronhof Scheurebe TBA 1998
Rich gold, the nose promised apricots and a nice heavy floral perfume, along with the inevitable botrytis spice. In the mouth, however, it turned out to be glorified sugar water - messy botrytis fruit, massively sweet, but absolutely zero structure, and a remarkably short finish. Pales in comparison to the Velich Apetlon Beerenauslese I had the other day for a 3rd of the price. (14.99 Oddbins) (Lucian Holland, UK)

02/01 1979 Lehnert-Matheus Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Auslese, AP: 2 607 030 08 80
Light-medium yellow, still looks young. An evolved nose of kerosene, flowers, slate and honey, a bit faded and not vibrant, but nicely complex and beguiling. Similarly slightly faded in the mouth, although the pleasure of drinking an integrated Auslese that is neither sweet or dry, but just round, with soft acid, is enough to make me happy. Good, medium length finish. Drink up now if you have any;-) (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Gutsriesling trocken, AP: 03 00
The estate Riesling. Light yellow-green. Mango, papaya, ripe fruit, concentrated nose. Then a harsh acid entry, very dry, lime-y, acidic, sour finish. Ouch. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese trocken, AP: 12 00
Light greenish yellow. Mango, cream, floral, lavender, papaya milk*. High acid, unintegrated, a bit bruising and citric. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich QbA halbtrocken, AP: 01 00
Light green yellow. Ripe nose of papaya and cream again, floral and pungent, some alcohol peeping through. Sweer entry, but acid grip takes over, some glycerol, dry acidic finish that’s got a bit of spice. Better balanced. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett, AP: 18 00
Light yellow. Papaya, floral, earthy. Needs time to come together, everything’s very separated right now, with a curious hint of rough grape brandy on the finish. This is like an unfinished jigsaw, really. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett, AP: 11 00
Perfumed, floral, honey and slate, scented soap, fairly sweet but with good acid and nice flavours, vivid young wine, lime-dominant finish. Nice. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett, AP: 16 00
Soapy, chemical, herbal, hiding fruit, lime. Good acid structure, ripe guava and grapefruit, still a bit uneven, but not bad. More time needed to settle. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Spätlese, AP: 14 00
Rich nose of pineapple, papaya, flowers and slight hint of soap, with lemon tart. Good balance, hints of honey, perhaps some botrytised grapes in this, but overall a clean and racy wine. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Auslese, AP: 06 00
Lime potpourri, soap. Slight botrytis. Good acid underneath a lot of sweetness, citrus, floral, botrytis intrusive. Good citric finish, and again a nervy wine that’s not quite together. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett trocken, AP: 2 582 038 03 00
Peachy, mango, lime (very particular sort of lime-scent I now associate with non-botrytised Wehlen wines), floral perfume. Quite dry, good elegance and length, very primary, and this is quite a nice trocken, by my reckoning. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1999 Erdener Treppchen Spätlese trocken, AP: 07 00
Creamy, more powerful nose of citrus fruits, almost tropical. Follows through on the palate, some barely perceptible sweetness, but a fairly normal finish, quite forward. This one had 7.1 RS – you’ll see why I included this detail. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1999 Erdener Treppchen Spätlese trocken, AP: 06 00
And this is why AP numbers are crucial – exactly the same designation as above, but two very different wines. Lots of tropical soft fruits, mango, quite floral and open. Dry entry, but very attractive on the palate, austere structure owing to the acid, with a nice finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1998 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett halbtrocken, AP: 16 99
Very ripe mango nose, tropical, some honey. Nice structure, really firm acid, needs time but will repay patience. Typical of the vintage and well-made. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1993 Erdener Treppchen Auslese, AP: 20 94
Good honey, floral scents over a ripe nose. Still somewhat unevolved on the palate as well, floral spice, and acid comes through on the finish. A leaner Auslese. I picked up some wax and botrytis, but in small amonts. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1995 Erdener Treppchen Auslese, AP: 20 96
Botrytis, lime, spice, floral, slightly vegetal and oxidised. Good concentration, full and long, but balanced and a nice finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1997 Erdener Prälat Auslese, AP: 21 98
Resinous, citrus, very distinctive nose, showing well and quite perfumed indeed. Very ripe, well-bred wine with lots of brilliant ripe flavours, but with an acid structure reminiscent of pine-apples. Very nice now, and will improve. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Meulenhof 1999 Erdener Bußlay Eiswein, AP: 20 00
Pineapple, mango, rich nose, fairly concentrated fruitcake. Quite sweet and somewhat cloying, despite some acid peeking through, with a grape-y, intense finish, some more acid grip there. Not a great Eiswein. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler & Peter Nicolay 1999 DP Kabinett trocken, AP: 2 576 185 013 00
Fairly perfumed, spicy, floral, quite broad in the mouth, pleasant enough but somewhat flat. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 DP Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doktorberg Kabinett trocken, AP: 037 00
Long name, long story, I’ll leave someone else to tell it. Peachy, creamy, quite ripe, in balance, fading somewhat from oxidation – had been open some time. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 PN Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese trocken, AP: 038 00
Slate, mineral, spice, ripe mango, quite dry, clean and well-made, some citrus on the finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1998 DP Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doktorberg Spätlese trocken, AP: 019 99
Was in two minds about posting a note on this – I’m not sure the AP number is right, so please double-check. Citrussy, simple nose, grapefruit and acid dominate the palate, not a bad wine. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1998 DP Juffer Sonnenuhr Spätlese trocken, AP: 033 99
Lime, lemon oil, honey and spice, starting to gain some petrol (!). Expansive but with austere acid, okay grace, lemon oil finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1998 PN Ürziger Goldwingert Spätlese halbtrocken, AP: 028 99
Minerally, oily, floral, nice nose, vanilla. Good balance, some signs of mistreatment (open too long?), lots of fruit and enough acid, not bad at all. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 PN Erdener Treppchen Spätlese halbtrocken, AP: 049 00
Very ripe nose of mangoes and peaches. Some sweetness in the entry, bits of honeyed botrytis, giving, full and broad, clean finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 PN Ürziger Goldwingert Auslese, AP: 062 00
With 22 g/l RS, this was just over the halbtrocken limit – I think there’s a note about it being ‘feinherb’ quality on the back label, and being harvested at 120 Oeschle, which is pretty high. And guess what – alcohol is a whopping 14.5%. Honeyed, botrytis, good concentrated nose, mango, some minerality, quite powerful, good acid, alcohol definitely shows, but fairly tight and elegant. I bought a bottle just for fun. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 DP Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doktorberg Kabinett, AP: 019 00
Herbal, floral, slate, nice, sweet entry, generous flavours, slight flabbiness, mango finish. A bit too sweet and round. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 DP Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese, AP: 007 00
Very ripe nose, floral, honey, quite full, generous, round, easy drinking, perhaps a bit clumsy, with good fruit and minerals in the finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 PN Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese, AP: 006 00
A bit reduced. Ripe and perfumed, again signs of fat and insufficient acid, rich, some minerality in the finish. Not bad. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 DP Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, AP: 010 00
Rich nose of honey, peaches, beeswax, pineapple, mangoes. Quite fruit-driven, very giving and open, okay balance, rather easy to drink. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1999 PN Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese, AP: 050 00
Honey, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and peaches, floral, hint of botrytis. Lots of lemon tea on the palate, accompanied by floral and botrytis notes, quite nice and concentrated, perhaps more acid would be better. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1998 DP Graacher Himmelreich Eiswein, AP: 044 99
Primary, young, botrytis dominated. Botrytis, lots of rich flavours, slight cloying quality, peachy and citron finish. What a mouthful, since it literally explodes into life in the mouth, but there’s an element of murkiness from the botrytis that pushes me away from liking this wine. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 1996 Ürziger Würzgarten Beerenauslese, AP: ??
Botrytis, earthy and stinky, carpenter shop, white nuts, floral. Mouthfilling with rich and concentrated peachy flavours, very very sweet, a long curranty finish. Not my thing. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese trocken, AP: 06 00
Very transparent yellow-green. Spicy lime, perfumed floral notes, pleasant off-dryness, dancing spice and high acid, but well-balanced, poised and then more fruit emerges in the finish, primarily mango and peaches. Off to a good start then. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Guts-Riesling trocken, AP: 02 00
Peaches, papaya, ripe nose. High acid, lots of finesse, almost harsh if one is not of the trocken school, but still very nice, although I got some astringency on the finish, which seems odd. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Guts-Riesling halbtrocken, AP: 01 00
Again that supremely perfumed nose, lovely delicate floral touches. Ripe acid, good balance, very clear and transparent as a wine, and a poised finish. This is a seriously good estate Riesling, with less apparent acidity. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett halbtrocken, AP: 08 00
Very light colour. Floral, perfumed, good fruit. Poised on the palate as well, but this one needs time to knit together some more, slightly lifted, but a polished finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett, AP: 05 00
Light colour. Vanilla, mango, papaya, ripe fruit, good balance between sweetness and acidity, more floral and spice towards the back leading to a great grippy acid finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Spätlese, AP: 17 00
Light golden yellow. Creamy notes overlaid with pretty ripe fruit and blossoms, some slate. Off-dry entry with a solid fruit core, floral, perhaps slightly less focussed, floral finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese, AP: 18 00
Light golden. Crunchy limes, perfumed nose, and then whoosh! The mineral streak is obvious in this one, and what a nose. Slightly sweet entry, ripe fruit, great grace and balance, clean finish. Yummy. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese, AP: 13 00
Light golden yellow. Perfumed, mango and limes, lots of slate, good entry, very pure fruit, somewhat faded towards a very nice finish. Pleasurable, despite having been open five days. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten 1* Auslese, AP: 16 00
Light colour. What a slate block! (exact notes). Great perfume, lots of mango. Ripe fruit, that crazy poise and balance again, a very pure wine, with a great grippy finish. If you want a living example of transparency, this wine is it. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten 2* Auslese, AP: 12 00
Light yellow. Intense nose of fresh and dried flowers, slate, limes, biscuits, beeswax, honey and spice. Phew. Nice entry, every bit as poised despite the extra weight, a great medley of flavours, and what a finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett, AP: 07 00
Light straw gold. Nose of ripe peaches, mango, lime, vanilla and honey. Mango-dominated entry with some minerality, slight sweetness, acid's a bit low, papaya-tinged finish. Moderate. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese, AP: 11 00
Figs, apricots, peach, hint of botrytis, honey. Spritz on entry, lots of beeswax and honey, lime-like acid, better balance and a nice tingling finish. More enjoyable. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr 1* Auslese, AP: 16 00
Mid-yellow. Ripe notes of guava and lime mingle with botrytis, some white nutty and figgy notes. Concentrated, good racy acid, nice balance, honeyed finish. Not bad at all, but lacks real distinction. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1999 Graacher Domprobst 2* Auslese, AP: 17 00
Mid gold. Ripe and concentrated nose of flowers and honey. Botrytis evident. Pina colada in the mouth, ripe fruit, balanced, but not defined enough, better than the previous Auslese. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1992 Bernkasteler Bratenhöfchen Auslese, AP: 15 93
Mid yellow. Honey and botrytis again, some kerosene, but simplistic floral structure underneath. Diluted and thin on the palate, there's not enough class in this wine, although it's perfectly drinkable now. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1990 Wehlener Sonnenuhr 3* Auslese, AP: ??
Mid-dark yellow. Petrol and botrytis starting to be more evident. Some slate and minerals, a bit of bottle stink, almost vegetal. More primary on the palate with lots of floral notes, good firm acid, nice concentration and a tea-like finish which seems to happen with botrytised Rieslings. Good. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1975 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, AP: 08 76
Golden yellow. Petrolly with honey and peaches, guava and herbs. Off-dry now, good balance, showing well although it starts to fade a bit despite the obvious concentration, trailing finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1993 Wehlener Sonnenuhr 3* Auslese, AP: ??
Slihgtly dark gold. Petro-chem factory producing figs and honey as a spin-off, wrapped in the neighbour's turpentine and wax seal with left-over slate. The botrytis (surely this is more a BA?) obscures, to me, the fruit and the site, such that the otherwise good concentration and structure do not save it from a very boring finish. Ho-hum, another super late harvest wine that I'm unhappy with. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Herbibert-Kerpen 1994 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Beerenauslese, AP: ??
Dark gold. Botrytis, peachy and mango, nicer nose. A tighter wine than the last with good botrytis, lovely dancing acid, lots of fruit and a lemon-tea finish. Good stuff, and much more elegant, structured and defined than the last wine. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bollig-Lehnert 1999 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett, AP: 08 00
Light yellow gold. Ripe, ripe nose of peaches, wax and some oil. Good minerality. Ripe fruit on the palate with citric touches, stony, complex, some sweetness but good acidity, spicy, and a clean, lasting finish. Lots of future promise in this one. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bollig-Lehnert 1997 Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 3* Auslese, AP: 10 99
Light gold, touch of green. Ripe, exotic and lots of pineapple in this, with lovely vanilla pods as a highlight. Sweet entry, good balance, pleasant although some dilution towards a floral finish. Good, but not as impressive an Auslese as the Kab in its class. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bollig-Lehnert 1996 Trittenheimer Apotheke Kabinett, AP: 10 97
Starting to develop notes of earth, slate, wax and floral notes. Racy fruit on the palate, still quite youthful and vibrant, and a trailing finish reminiscent of fresh herbs and springtime. Lovely Kab. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bollig-Lehnert 1996 Drohner Hofberger Spätlese, AP: 15 97
Closed right now. Wax and honey, slate, balanced, hints of botrytis and citrus peel, ripeness in the finish. Not bad, but again the Kab was more interesting and better QPR. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bishöfliche Weingüterv 1999 Ayler Kupp Auslese Trocken(?), AP: 3 561 012 3 19 00
A Konvikt bottling, I think this might be the trocken, since my notes indicate 12.5% alcohol! Light gold. Mango, lime an peach sherbet, honey and tropical fruit as well, very ripe. Some minerality as well, with an acidic but ripe structure, quite a dry finish. Interesting. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bishöfliche Weingüter 1999 Avelsbacher Altenberg Auslese, AP: 3 561 012 2 18 00
Whilst the additional 3 in the AP number for the Ayler indicates it’s part of the Konvikt holdings, the 2 here indicates the Domkirche. Longan, lychee peel, fairly exotic, floral, and curry powder. Sweet entry, showing very well (open for two weeks), nice acid structure with a lot of exotic fruit, some concentration and a lingering finish. Seemed too soft, which was why I asked about how long it had been opened – one might want to let their own bottles pick up some air to open them up if drinking anytime soon. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bishöfliche Weingüter 1999 Scharzhofberger Auslese, AP: 3 561 012 2 14 00
Mango sherbet, some waxiness, alcohol evident (at 7.5% - hmmm), concentrated, lots of citrus peel in this wine, with blackcurrants providing some aromatic support, and acid comes through on the finish. Perhaps a bit disjointed now? (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bishöfliche Weingüter 1998 Scharzhofberger Riesling Sekt brut
Fine bead, light green gold. Cheesy as first, some toast, prickly entry with lots of acid and green fruit, well-delineated and clean with floral notes, but needs serious time to sort itself out. Interesting. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bishöfliche Weingüter 1998 Wiltinger Kupp Riesling Sekt brut
Lots of giving, forward flavours, from firm-fleshed white fruit, with some lees character, background acid, lots of perfume, and a fruity finish. Easy-going in comparison, and very pleasant drinking indeed. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Bishöfliche Weingüter 1997 Avelsbacher Altenberg Riesling Sekt brut(?)
Nice toasty notes, slight floral nuances with white nuts. Falling apart slightly with no focus, although it’s still fairly clean and crisp in the finish. Open for too long, methinks. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1999 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett Halbtrocken, AP: 07 00
Mid-light gold, some green. Ripe peach, lemon, some waxiness, peach stones. Evident RS, quite full with rounded, ripe acid, and spice persisting onto a soft yet dry-ish finish. Not bad. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1999 Ockfener Bockstein Spätlese Trocken, AP: 10 00
Honeyed lemon and peach, some cumin (!) spiciness. Dry entry, accentuating the spice, peach stone, citric, quite acidic, and a steely finish. Good, but not to everyone's taste. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1999 Ockfener Bockstein Kabinett, AP: 13 00
Mid-gold straw, some green tinges. Vanilla, lemon, floral, very open. Sweet, almost syrupy entry, kept in check by acid, lemon cough-drops, and a pleasant apple-y, pear-y finish. Perhaps a tad too sweet and too little alcohol (8.5%). (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1999 Wawerner Herrenberger Spätlese, AP: 03 00
Mid yellow. Peach candy, pepper, cinammon and nutmeg, lots of spice, longan and wax. Sweet entry, very floral, good acid structure, with a round, lemony finish. Tidy wine, with a lot going on still. My first experience with this vineyard. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1999 Ockfener Bockstein Spätlese, AP: 11 00
Waxy, apricot and spice – hints of black pepper. Lychees as well. Quite aromatic. Fairly sweet, a bit out of focus, with a floral finish that doesn't quite pick up the spice on the nose. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1999 Ockfener Bockstein Auslese, AP: 05 00
Mid-yellow. Pineapple, some beeswax and honey, spice again. Very interesting nose, although closed. Some balance in the mouth with good acidity to offset the sweetness, although this is a pretty broad, ripe wine with lots of honey trailing off in the finish. Had the bottle I bought recently because it was leaking, and that one was more open and more of the same. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr Fischer 1992 Ockfener Bockstein Eiswein, AP: ??
Yellow. Botrytis, concentrated nose of a honeycomb spiced with pepper and lots of other things, blackcurrants. Quite thick in the mouth, acid's beginning to settle, full and round with a very nice finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Von Hovel 1999 QbA
Hmmm, no AP number. Light straw with green tinges. Peach, mango, lime, some slate. Fair whack of RS with pleasant acid and some balance, with more citrusy notes in the finish. A good, but wholly unexciting wine. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Von Hovel 1999 Oberemmeler Hütte Spätlese, AP: ??
Dereliction of duty yet again in noting AP numbers. Mid gold, but with an obvious green tinge. Lots of lime and mango, some good fruit, pretty ripe. Fairly concentrated, lots of lime-drops flavour accompanying the RS, and a cake-like finish. Rich Spätlese. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Von Hovel 1999 Oberemmeler Hütte Auslese, AP: 13 00
Medium gold. Ripe fruit notes, pears and mangoes burying all else – perhaps some minerality? Some sweetness, but not full-on, balanced, although the fruit intensity is strange, in a dried fruit way, with potpourri entering the equation as well, and a waxed apple finish. Not bad, but a bit sprawling. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Von Hovel 1999 Oberemmeler Hütte Auslese Goldkapsel, AP: 09 00
Light gold. Some botrytis and fruit, closing up. Lots of chunky fruit, unresolved on the palate, but with good acid and a clean finish. Quite good. Needs time to come through properly. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen 'Blauschifer' Riesling Trocken, AP #: 15 00
Pale straw, green tinge. Fairly sharp floral nose with potpourri and citrus overtones, not obviously minerally. A ripe, round entry, but the acid soon shows, although the components are in balance, with good citrus, peach skin features on a dry but not painful finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett, AP #: 17 00
Light yellow. Peachy on the nose, with a fair wallop of minerals and roasted nuts. Sweet entry well-balanced by good acid, quite smooth, pungent citric notes and a good ripe satisfying finish. A good wine but not great, and reflects the status of this particular vineyard. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, AP #: 09 00
Light yellow. Nose is fairly closed at first, but then brings forth ripe mango, some light spice and a hint of waxiness. Fairly sweet as well, but the balance is commendable, although there are hints of dilution and weakness on the mid-palate and a lack of focus that trails onto the fruity finish. Needs some time to sort itself out. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, AP #: 12 00
Light greenish yellow. Reductive elements still evident with yeasty and medicinal notes. Good peachy fruit and minerality underneath. Elegant in the mouth but with some power, and a hint of scented soap becomes more evident on the finish, which is quite long. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese, AP #: 13 00
Light yellow, green tinge. Minerally nose with ripe dessert pears and spice, a lot of fruit. Quite sweet and powerful, good balance but not my style, not quite integrated and with an almost disappointing floral-spice finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese (Auction bottling), AP #: 46 00
Light yellow. Banana with a lot of spicy and peachy notes, and a scented soap backdrop. Highly tropical and ripe, with fruitcake predominating the palate, and more like an Auslese than a Spätlese, with acid hidden underneath masses of sugar and a sweet pineapple finish. There are hints of botrytis on this wine, although not enough to be distracting. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, AP #: 26 00
Light golden yellow. A closed nose, dominated by botrytis, although floral and creamy fruit notes show through. A full-bodied, honeyed and pineapple taste pervades, almost too ripe, but enough ripe acid just to stay in check, good structure and a perfumed finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese, AP #: 25 00
Golden yellow. Scented soap, floral, and spicy notes dominate with delicate pear-skin. Quite sweet, and that scented soap quality carries onto a full palate with lots of sweetness and ripe pears and limes, and a honeyed pear finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese, AP #: 23 00
Yellow. Very ripe nose of mango, pear and peaches, with honey and camomile tea. Quite sweet, although this doesn't disguise the elegance or spice and pineapple hints in the mouth, very nice, with a ripe fruit finish. Real power and depth, although it's almost too candied and rich right now. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, AP #: 28 00
Light green yellow. Hazelnuts, somewhat ungiving nose of peach and botrytis. In balance, although I think the acid is a bit covered over with the sugar and richness, and the thickness is one that seems atypical of the Wehlen Sonnenuhr site. This resolves itself into a wonderfully transparent finish that displays the fruit well, and is one to watch for. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese, AP #: 40 00
Light gold. Lots of botrytis in this, with white pepper spice and loose tea leaves. Lemon tea continues the theme on the palate along with botrytis, but this is a clean, well-made wine with a good sweet finish. Very nice as a dessert wine, although the apparent acidity is perhaps a touch low, and not in a style I favour. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese lange Goldkapsel (Auction bottling), AP #: 45 00
Golden yellow. Spicy, exotic fruit with floral flourishes and botrytis. Very open and forthcoming. Very rich in the mouth with an impressive amount of flavour, although the sweetness threatens to engulf everything else, the finish is ripe and mango-tinged, perhaps slightly cloying. Impressive indeed, but again too rich for my weak constitution. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, AP #: 42 00
Orange yellow. Orange blossoms, alpine air and spice complement the botrytis driven nose. Very concentrated and thick in the mouth, with exotic orange notes coming to the fore. A very big wine on a good acid frame with a long, lingering finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 1999 Saarburger Rausch Kabinett, AP#: 14 00
Light yellow. Lots of exotic fruit, peach and mango, good balance, ripe and full, very ripe acid but not fat, fairly concentrated with steel in the acid, although some bubble-gummy notes towards the finish. A very giving and generous Kabinett. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 1999 Saarburger Rausch Spätlese, AP#: 10 00
Tart fruit on the nose, with some nuts and slate. Then opens up to reveal apricot. Concentrated in the mouth, balanced with ripe acid, quite forward and a good finish. Again, a very giving wine. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 1999 Saarburger Rausch Auslese, AP#: 06 00
Light golden yellow. Closed nose, but ripe fruit and minerals underneath. Fairly sweet entry, chockfull of peaches, acid barely holds it together, very rich and creamy with real pedigree, and ripe, luscious dessert pears on the finish. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 1999 Saarburger Rausch Auslese (Auction bottling), AP#: 03 00
Bright yellow gold. Quite closed as well, less minerals and evident botrytis, fruit's very unwilling to show at the moment. Very concentrated but with a nice and ripe acid structure, shows better leanness and shape than the previous Auslese, and a finish that fades out very gracefully over some time. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 1998 Saarburger Rausch Auslese Goldkapsel, AP#: 03 99
Medium gold. Fairly thick botrytis, lots of waxiness and petrol, some sulfur perhaps, warm sandpaper, minerally with a lot of spice in the background. A lot of almost cloying sweetness but retains just enough acid to make it slightly racy, with a long finish very reminiscent of camomile tea and lemon-flavoured mineral water. Lovely, though too sweet for me. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

02/01 Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken 1998 Saarburger Rausch Eiswein, AP#: 02 99
Medium to dark gold. Viscous, thick nose (yes, it was a 'thick' nose) of botrytis, blooming flowers and fresh honey. Very thick and sweet, and certainly impressive, but there's cleaner acid this time round, although I still found it to be slightly offside, acid-wise. This is a rich eiswein, but not in a truly clean style, although there're lots of fresh notes in there. (Yixin Ong, UK/Singapore)

01/01 Riechsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Auslese ‘Long gold capsule’ 1989 MSR
Delicious stuff. A spicy, appley nose is followed up by a rich, full palate with appley, honeyed fruit, plenty of spice and a nice mineralic, citrussy edge. Age has softened the texture and there is some sweetness (it’s medium-sweet); the overall impression is one of great balance. Excellent (Jamie Goode, UK)

01/01 Jordan & Jordan 1996 Schazhofberger Riesling Trocken, MSR
This is a skinhead of a wine, with bags of flavour but vicious acidity. It shows a lovely, limey/citrus nose with a touch of honey and a slight urine-like edge. On the palate it is powerful and citrussy with piercing acidity. It’s extremely youthful and I suspect this will age beautifully (but slowly) if you have the patience to leave it. Very good/excellent (if you like the style) (Jamie Goode, UK)

12/00 1999 Dr Loosen Blauschiefer Riesling Trocken
AP 2 576 162 15 00 This dry wine is made from the estate's own grapes, but only those grown on pure blue slate. Don't confuse this with the 'Dr L' line of wines: the Blauschiefer is sold only in Germany. Bright but light brassy color. An extremely slaty, yeasty, clean, noseful with crisp acids, completely whistle-dry ('mit Pfiff'), with bakeshop notes, but with fine length. For an inexpensive wine, it has real style, and for a Trocken one, it's nicely drinkable. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Kabinett
AP 17 00, 8.5 percent EtOH, 38 g/L residual. The Lay is the Loosen home vineyard, and surrounds the estate. It's pure blue slate. Positive copper hue. Sulfite, but it blows off. Apricots, with clover and peach. Quite big for a Kabinett, with moderate acidity at the side of the tongue. This would be a fair-sized Spätlese from a more normal year. Giving in the nose, but delicate and clean despite its power. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett, 8.5 percent
AP 09 00. ural terraces. It's a fuller, rounder wine with a more pronounced nose of peaches and strawberries, melons and herbs, touch of almost Nahe-like fire in place of the stoniness of the blue slate wines. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, 7.5 %
AP 12 00. Still somewhat yeasty and closed, but clover honey and mint, mangoes, lime, and slate aromas and flavors could be teasted out of it by time and swirling, an almost signature baby Sonnenuhr Spätlese. Becomes round, sweet-tart, powerful, slick, and honeyed, and gives a good grip on the mouth, which lasts more than a minute. Residual 45 g/L, but I'd never have guessed it. Its polished surfaces are still a bit disjointed at this stage but giving glimpses of real breed and richness. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese. 8 percent
AP 13 00. This wine has the signature melons, strawberries, and orange-spiked fruit salad nose that the best Würzgartens always show. On the palate it's big and broad, with lanolin notes which should integrate with time. It has good length and a very expressive finish, with a citric midpalate that detracts a bit at present and needs resolution. Promises to be a very fine ager; the sweet and sour being so poised that one is really unconscious of them unless an effort is made to pick them out. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, 8 percent
AP 26 00, picked at 94° Oechsle, 7.5 g/L acid. A green-gold color. Aromas almost totally bound up, showing only a tinge of melon. No evidence of botrytis here either. Richly sweet but impenetrable, this wine has the texture to produce a long finish, once it comes out of hiding. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Ürziger Wurzgarten Riesling Auslese, 8 percent
AP 25 00. From a patch of especially old vines. This one was more open, but I'd never have guessed its vineyard origins. Strong green cast in the glass. Blackcurrant, grass, spring maple leaves, and thyme, lead on to an exotic palate of cloves and honey. It's extremely ripe and rich, with a long, citrus-peel finish, again positively demanding cellar time. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese, 8 percent
23 00, between 98 and 100° O. A whiff of essoh-two at first. Naturally spritzig. Broader, more lush nose dominated by ripe melon and mixed tropical and summer fruits, such as pineapples, strawberries, bananas, vanilla, and fruit confectionery, with an equally expressive palate and finish, a beautiful but exotic baby, this one is surely jailbait. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, 8 percent
AP 26 00. A rich, glossy gold color. This wine runs in the nose to almonds, walnuts, and hardwood carpenter shop hints and spring flowers with an earthy, citric palate. The framework is in balance, it has heavy botrytis and a bright, dynamic, elegant finish. Certainly not my style of a Sonnenuhr, but those who aren't slate fans and love noble rot will get their money's worth here. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Beerenauslese, 7.0 percent
AP 40. This one a tad lighter in color than the last, strangely, with Norman cider, wild honey, clover flowers, confectionery shop aromas with a sprig of mint in its julep. My taste would have been for another point or two alcohol. I do detect a bit of ripe tartness on the front of the tongue, which means that low acidity isn't a problem. Almost too rich and sweet for pleasure now. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Erdener Prälat Riesling Auslese Lange Goldkapsel Versteigerung, 7.5 percent
AP 45. A bit less than 70 liters of this rarity were made. Again, the Auslese is a joke, as this is a full twenty degrees riper than your minimal Trockenbeerenauslese. Indian melon, wildberries, vanilla, hazelnut, the palate resounds again with pineapple pie, strawberry tart, banana pudding, and Madagascar vanilla. Coats the mouth like Orajel. (John Trombley, USA)

12/00 1999 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, 7 percent
AP 42. Rich greenish gold. The scents are all locked up here in a grassy, fines herbes-like melange. Very powerful, fully tartaric acidity, 9.3 grams of it per liter, with the tip of the orange fruit salad now peeking out. A mixed fruit tart with honey glaze meets the tongue, and seems to hold on forever. (John Trombley, USA)

10/00 Forster Jesiutengarten Von Buhl Riesling Spatlese 1998
Mid gold straw, sweet apple fruit and some candied characteristics, just a slight hint of honey and even botrytis, or is it my imagination? Bit of mango and floral characteristics. Minerally but sweet attack, acid holding it all together, although there's a certain something missing from it, a slight hollowness, or "doughnut" as Murray (I think) said. Sweet-ish finish dominated by mango, although acid pokes up right at the very end. Never been a fan of Von Buhl - there are definitely better producers out there. (Yixin Ong, UK)

10/00 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 1997, Max Ferd. Richter, AP#: 2 593 049 1798
Light straw with obvious gold highlights. Some bottle stink, blowing off to reveal mango, peach, floral notes with hints of petrol, and a slight waxiness. A bit unexciting. Sugar most evident, flabby entry, mango and grapefruit, some mineral. Short waxy unsatisfying finish, not great, with a hint of soap. The sweetness is perhaps the most disconcerting part of this wine, and with the SO2, one suspects that fermentation was stopped too early with too much SO2. What a waste. (Yixin Ong, UK)

06/00 Kirchheimer Schwarzerde Beerenauslese 1997
I saw a half bottle of Kirchheimer Schwarzerde BA (Pfalz) 1997 on sale in my local Co-op for £3.99 and reckoned it was worth a go. Bright gold and an attractive nose of raisins, grapes and marmalade. Flavours are similar and the sweetness is balanced by the orange acidity. Super length. Although this lacks the concentration and style of a good Riesling BA, this is good value. No mention of grape varieties and will keep but not improve. (Will Hamilton – UK)

05/00 Friedrich Wilhelm Gymnasium, Mehringer Blattenberg, Riesling Auslese, 1989. (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer)
Thought the colour would have been deeper than the pale golden straw it was. Nose was an intense whoosh of grapefruit juice and lime. palate was light and refreshing, smooth and mouth filling. Low in acidity, but not flabby. Grapefruits once again dominated to a lingering finish. Good aperitif or light dessert wine. (Graham Simpson - UK)

01/00 Mussbacher Edelshaut Rieslaner Auslese 1997, Muller-Catoir
£14.99 half bottle, selected branches of Oddbins. The first thing that struck me about this wine was how sweet it was for an Auslese, it must have been bordering on Beerenauslese in terms of its Oechsle rating. The nose was a mixture of soft tropical fruits with peaches coming to the fore. There was also a general richness to the bouquet, as though one could smell the sugar. On the palate the sweetness was again a dominant feature although the wine didn't appear to be especially botrytised. Peaches were again a component of the overall flavour but there were also elements of apricots and melon. Despite its German origins the acidity was relatively subdued. Upon swallowing the wine had a satisfying length in which the fruit flavours gradually mellowed. (Ashley Moore - UK)