EVENTS

Join us in the shop on Saturday, 13th April, from 14:00 – 15:30, to taste an exciting range of Rieslings (and two Pinot Noirs!) from September’s VDP auctions of top 2017s.

Auction Rieslings
If you imagine that the German system first follows the Burgundy one — multiple owners in each vineyard, and each vineyard bottled separately, the Germans simply add one layer: the wine style: fine delicate kabinett, fresh tangy spätlese, luscious rounded auslese, complex and intense beerenauslese, and essency TBA. Within the selections that are made for each level, top growers make one further separation: the very best, most interesting and complex musts are reserved to make auction wine .

These micro production wines (sometimes only a few bottles for the world) are sold each September at auction in Germany. We are big fans. We taste all of the wines, make our selection, and do our best to bring a few bottles of these rarities back to Hong Kong to share.

The 2017 Vintage
The key message of 2017 is low yields, delivered courtesy of spring frost on 20th April. August hail also further reduced yields in Graach. Conditions were generally dry and warm, though September was cool and wet. The ‘sweet spot’ for the vintage seems to be spätlese and auslese, though there were also some really great BAs and TBAs made from botrytis which arrived early and then late in the season (picking actually started quite early – in September, in line with the early flowering). I was impressed with the vintage as a whole, tasting it at various estates and at the official tastings in Trier. It has a little more fullness than 2016 showed. In 2017 I noted sherberty fruitiness, caressing textures, and fine clarity. The vintage has a lot of appeal, and I think you are going to enjoy this tasting.

Nine Rieslings…
Spätlese, as always in my view – provides the sweet spot at the auction. The higher prädikat wines can be incredible, but they are inevitably in tiny quantities and hotly contested. And while the spätlesen are always significantly more expensive than the ‘regular’ spältese releases, there’s always a good reason – the best single fuder of all, or the early picked best quality fruit, or the oldest vines parcel… you always get something for choosing the auction cuvée. Seven of our Rieslings are spätlese level, so this will provide a really good chance to compare styles within the vintage. To round things out we have a really beautiful kabinett from von Schubert and a simply killer auslese from Zilliken.

…And Two Pinot Noirs!
This year I was impressed by three Pinot Noirs at the Bad Kreuznach auction that included wines from this grape from the Ahr – and one notable one from the Rheinhessen, Weingut Keller. The Keller Morstein ‘Felix’ Spätburgunder GG had a starting bid of 80 Euros and was hammered down eventually for 610 Euros a bottle. Yes, there is growing interest in German Pinot Noir, but there is also an international clamour for the wines of Weingut Keller!

Thankfully the two that I bought, from the Ahr, were the ones I really loved that also offered really good value – such that you can share them with your friends – especially friends who like to drink Burgundy, but also have a sense of adventure. The Kreuzberg is more in the sweet cherry spectrum – a selection of the best two barrels from a 7.5ha steep slate slope estate. The Deutzerhof – Crossmann-Hehle is a little lighter, I loved its wild strawberry fruit and sapid savouriness. I think you’ll find these two interesting to compare at our tasting.

Wines to be served:
2017 Maximin Grünhaus - Abtsberg Kabinett Auktion
2017 Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch - Bernkasteler Doctor Spätlese Auktion
2017 Weingut Dr. Loosen - Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Goldkapsel Auktion
2017 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Auktion
2017 Weingut Le Gallais (Egon Müller) - Braune Kupp Spätlese Auktion
2017 Weingut Peter Lauer - Ayler Kupp Spätlese Auktion
2017 Weingut von Hövel - Kanzemer Hörecker Spätlese Auktion
2017 Weingut Willi Schaefer - Graacher Domprobst Spätlese Auktion
2017 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Auslese Auktion
2016 Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg - Devonschiefer Spätburgunder 'R' Auktion
2015 Weingut Deutzerhof - Grand Duc Reserve Spätburgunder '30 Monate Barrique' Auktion

 

New Shop Location
We know that not everyone has had the chance to visit us at our new location yet. The old shop in Queens Rd West is closed. The tasting will take place at our new premises – Shop A, 165-166 Connaught Road West (entrance on Chiu Kwong St), Sai Ying Pun. See you there.

Join Us For Our Annual Auktion Riesling Tasting - 2017 Vintage, Saturday, 13th April
Tasting
Date Saturday 13 April 2019
Time 14:00 - 15:30
Venue The Fine Wine Experience Shop (Shop A, 165-166 Connaught Road West (Entrance on Chiu Kwong Street), Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong)
Ticket HKD 800 per seat
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2017 Maximin Grünhaus - Abtsberg Kabinett Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch - Bernkasteler Doctor Spätlese Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Dr. Loosen - Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese Goldkapsel Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Le Gallais (Egon Müller) - Braune Kupp Spätlese Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Peter Lauer - Ayler Kupp Spätlese Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut von Hövel - Kanzemer Hörecker Spätlese Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Willi Schaefer - Graacher Domprobst Spätlese Auktion 750ml -
2017 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Auslese Auktion 750ml -
2016 Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg - Devonschiefer Spätburgunder 'R' Auktion 750ml -
2015 Weingut Deutzerhof - Grand Duc Reserve Spätburgunder '30 Monate Barrique' Auktion 750ml -

Wines available for sale

Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
2017 Egon Muller - Scharzhofberger Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion 375 BOTTLE 2 2 7,500 - HK
2017 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Kabinett Auktion 750 BOTTLE 47 47 550 - HK
2017 Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch - Bernkasteler Doctor Spatlese Auktion 750 BOTTLE 15 15 700 - HK
2017 Weingut Dr. Loosen - Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese Goldkapsel Auktion 750 BOTTLE 16 16 550 - HK
2017 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Auktion 750 BOTTLE 24 24 1,100 - HK
2017 Weingut Peter Lauer - Ayler Kupp Spatlese Auktion 750 BOTTLE 15 15 800 - HK
2017 Weingut von Hovel - Kanzemer Horecker Spatlese Auktion 750 BOTTLE 48 48 480 - HK
2017 Weingut Willi Schaefer - Graacher Domprobst Spatlese Auktion 750 BOTTLE 10 10 750 - HK
2017 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Auslese Auktion 750 BOTTLE 10 10 1,100 - HK
2016 Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg - Devonschiefer Spatburgunder 'R' Auktion 750 BOTTLE 24 24 1,200 - HK
2017 Egon Muller - Scharzhofberger Auslese Goldkapsel Auktion
375 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 7,500 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
375
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
7,500
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Maximin Grunhaus - Abtsberg Kabinett Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 550 / BTL 47 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
47
Qty of btl
47
Btl price (HKD)
550
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch - Bernkasteler Doctor Spatlese Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 700 / BTL 15 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
15
Qty of btl
15
Btl price (HKD)
700
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut Dr. Loosen - Urziger Wurzgarten Spatlese Goldkapsel Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 550 / BTL 16 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
16
Qty of btl
16
Btl price (HKD)
550
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,100 / BTL 24 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
24
Qty of btl
24
Btl price (HKD)
1,100
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut Peter Lauer - Ayler Kupp Spatlese Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 800 / BTL 15 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
15
Qty of btl
15
Btl price (HKD)
800
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut von Hovel - Kanzemer Horecker Spatlese Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 480 / BTL 48 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
48
Qty of btl
48
Btl price (HKD)
480
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut Willi Schaefer - Graacher Domprobst Spatlese Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 750 / BTL 10 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
10
Btl price (HKD)
750
Score
-
Location
HK
2017 Weingut Zilliken - Saarburger Rausch Auslese Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,100 / BTL 10 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
10
Btl price (HKD)
1,100
Score
-
Location
HK
2016 Weingut H.J. Kreuzberg - Devonschiefer Spatburgunder 'R' Auktion
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,200 / BTL 24 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
24
Qty of btl
24
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
-
Location
HK
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