About Dessert Wines from Germany

About Dessert Wines from Germany
Ranked as tenth in terms of overall production, Germany has become synonymous with great Riesling. There are numerous styles form very dry to extremely sweet and what makes German Riesling so special is the structure to allow for aging, from seven to ten years for the finest dry versions to three or four decade for the richest dessert wine. The best examples are planted on steep slopes along the Rhine and Moselle rivers; they display a great sense of place along with a distinct minerality. While Riesling is the best wine from Germany, other white varieties such as Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Sauvignon Blanc are performing well in Germany's cool climate. The same is true for Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), which in the best examples, have the complexity and richness of a fine red Burgundy. Most people are surprised to know that Germany is the world's leading producer of sparking wine. While much of this is inexpensive sparkling wine destined for supermarkets, there are dozens of producers who make classic methods bubblies from some of their finest Riesling Chardonnay and Weissburgunder grapes.

Top Picks for Germany

Dessert Wines

Von Schleinitz 2018  Riesling
87 points
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, ripe cantaloupe, lanolin, pear, and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, petillant, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish displaying suggestions of watercress. A sweet Mosel Riesling with nice varietal character.
87 points $15.99
St. August 2018 Sweet Wine Riesling
86 points
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd, pineapple upside down cake, and white flowers with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length honeycomb and mandarins in syrup finish with no oak flavor. A tropical sweet Riesling that goes down easy.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Cape Africa NV Marula Cream
85 points
Dark taupe color. Aromas of vanilla wafer creme cookie, caramel sauce, waffle cone, and rocky road ice cream with a creamy, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length candied cherry and pineapple finish. A creamy, chocolatey, fruity concoction to serve over ice; sweet tooths need apply.
85 points $7.99
Holly Hill Farms NV Eggnog
80 points
Creamy marigold color. Aromas and flavors of cinnamon, egg custard, sour cream frosting, peach sherbet, and spice cake with a creamy, sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk finish. A toasty, fruity, spicy melange for dessert-topping.
80 points $6.99