The beautiful Rieslings made by Eva Fricke

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It was in 2006 that I first met Eva Fricke. I was on a wine trip organised by Wines of Germany with some fellow sommeliers to visit vineyards in Germany.
One of the vineyards we visited was Leitz based in Rudesheim within the prestigious Rheingau region. We also attended the Mainzer Weinborse, which is a great opportunity to taste many German wines, meet many German winemakers, including those who are part of the VdP and to attend some interesting masterclasses.

In fact, I have returned to Germany on a couple of occasions since, such is my passion for German wines - most of all, the expressive Rieslings. I visited the Geisenheim Institute and returned to the Mainzer Weinborse and have engaged with countless, talented winemakers. I have always had many positive experiences when visiting Germany and have made best use of this knowledge and passion when working as a sommelier and now, as a wine communicator.

Eva Fricke is one of Germany's top female winemakers, having learnt her craft through studying at the acclaimed Geisenheim Institute and cutting her teeth at various vineyards in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa and Australia. She also worked for the famous Leitz winery in the Rheingau. 

In 2009, whilst working at Leitz, Eva decided to branch out on her own and in September 2011, she gave up her job as assistant winemaker to Johannes Leitz to concentrate on making her winery a success. Her vision for Weingut Eva Fricke is that it remains a boutique winery, producing small quantities of Riesling wines of outstanding quality, that are in keeping with the tradition of the historic Lorch vineyard sites where she grows her grapes.
Eva Fricke is a very talented winemaker and is part of this dynamic 'young generation' of German winemakers producing exciting wines that simply deserve to be discovered.

2011 Rheingau Riesling QbA Trocken (Estate Riesling) - bone-dry, crisp with lovely refreshing citrus notes. 12.5% alc.

2011 Lorcher Riesling QbA Trocken (Village Riesling) - this wine has great potential, but I felt right now it's a bit too early to call. Needs time. 12.5% alc.

2011 Lorchhauser Seligmacher Riesling QbA (Premier Cru Riesling) - absolutely delicious and ticks all my Riesling boxes. My favourite wine of the line up. 12.5% alc.

2011 Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling QbA (Grand Cru Riesling) - well-structured, deep, mineral, expressive, powerful yet elegant. 12% alc.

2010 Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Spatlese - lovely, citrus, sherbet and elderflower notes, beautifully-expressive. Racy acidity and very food-friendly. 8.5% alc.

For more information on German wines, please click on the Wines of Germany website.

In the meantime, the epicurean odyssey continues...

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