Ever since Chris’ trip to Germany last year he’s been pushing me to include some German wines in the Wine Club selection and I’ve decided to go for it this month. He’s selected one from the Villa Wolf range so I’ll let him tell you a bit about the winery:
Built in the middle of the 18th Century, J L Wolf quickly built itself a reputation for high quality wine and managed to maintain this until a lack of direction saw it dwindle towards the end of last century. The potential to return to former glories was always there and Ernie Loosen (of Dr Loosen fame) stepped in in 1996 to revamp it. One of the draws was the fact that they had the ability to produce quite powerful Riesling which sits in contrast to the more delicate flavours he traditionally produces at his own winery on the banks of the Mosel. Interestingly, and significantly given the wine I’ve chosen for your wine club pack, it also enabled him to play around with different grape varieties as the Pfalz has a more eclectic mix than other parts of Germany.
The Pinot Gris is a brilliant example of the variation Germany is capable of and I just love it. All the wines in the range have this feel to them and I’d encourage you to try more if you get the chance. There is even a Rosé made from Pinot Noir in the shop at the moment, and the quality is unbelievable, so give it a go!