A. Christmann Idig GG Riesling 2016


Idig is one of Pfalz and indeed Germany’s great single vineyards. You don’t have to just take our word for it though. You’ll notice ‘GG’ on the front of this bottle. It stands for Grosses Gewächs, an official classification of Germany’s best vineyards for the production of dry Riesling. And this one is stern, mineral and driven. It’s all about understatement and balance, slowly revealing flavours of citrus, herbs and flint. The Idig vineyard faces south/south west and has a predominantly limestone soil type.

This family estate is in the hands of father and daughter Steffen and Sophie Christmann. Based in Pfalz, they’re passionate advocates of biodynamics, and make remarkably well balanced wines. Pfalz has a climate that’s relatively warm as far a German wine regions go. Soils are a mix of limestone, clay, and red and yellow sandstone. 

Biodynamic, organic