2015 Schiefer Riesling, Van Volxem, Mosel, Germany

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Located on the site of a Jesuit monastery, Van Volxem has been restored to former glories by the investment, initiative and flair of Roman Niewodniczanski. Standing tall at 2.4 metres (not far off 7ft I reckon) and not without lofty ambitions, Roman is determined to make this the finest property in Germany. Ambitious indeed, but thus far he's threatening to fulfil all these ambitions. Eschewing the constraints of the Prädikat system, Roman is making late-harvest low-yield vins de terroir, and making them very well indeed. This is classic, bone-dry Riesling, grown on slate-dominant soils. The