Two world-class single varietals from upcoming Teutonic talent.
We were hugely impressed by some of the contemporary wine-making in Germany on an exploratory trip earlier in the year. Jürgen Hofmann's elegant, poised and deftly-oaked 'Steinberg' Chardonnay, from a single-vineyard site in the heart of the Rheinhessen, would transport many a blind taster to the upper echelons of the Côte de Beaune, while Stefan Meyer's darkly-fruited, sensuous Syrah from the Pfalz is highly reminiscent of a young Côte-Rôtie or superior Saint-Joseph. Imitation is, indeed, the sincerest form of flattery as these two gems amply-illustrate. The only difficulty has been persuading both producers to part with commercial quantities, as they make less than 1,500 bottles of each and, understandably, enjoy an enthusiastic domestic following.
This six-bottle mixed case contains three bottles each of:
Rheinhessen: Jürgen Hofmann 'Steinberg' Chardonnay Trocken 2017
Pfalz: Stefan Meyer 'Rhodter Klosterpfad' Syrah 2017