I'm elated to welcome Peter Jakob Kühn's wines to our small but deftly selected range. Both of his Rieslings are biodynamically produced in Oestrich-Winkel in Rheingau, one of Germany's paramount regions for wine production.

The bountiful estate has been in the Kühn family for over two centuries, with Peter Jakob and wife Angela taking it over in the 70s. With his son Peter Bernhard, the boys tend to the vines and winemaking. Mother Angela and daughters Kathrin and Sandra look after everything else - from welcoming you, hospitality, business to artwork. This is a family set up and one other reason I love the wine industry. Inspirational stuff.

The Kühn wine estate has been certified organic since 2004 by Demeter, the most prominent authority and certifying body for organic agriculture. Today, the Kühns have gone completely and very successfully biodynamic – a conversion that can never truly guarantee sustainable vineyard management and is a painstaking journey for most. Their success should be experienced right there where the hard work is applied and the magic is the outcome. In the cool climate of Rheingau, where the Taunus mountain range shields the vines from the bite of frost, where the river Rhine directs and reflects warmth, where the downwinds keep off the mildew, where the sun lingers the longest on that slope, and where the ancient seabed it once was provides the suited soil composition. If you're beginning to get the sense of harmony, you're nearly there. Everything is considered and measured around nature. Working with what's given and not enforcing generic methods relying on chemicals, the fluidity of his winemaking completely reflects the character of the sites on which the vines thrive. Time to use that term "terroir". The gentle rhythmic attention to the plants and the ecological sensitivity allow the fruit to express this terroir to the fullest. The differences between each vineyard are so fantastically distinguished and intriguing but above all, utterly delicious, that you can't help but giggle. So until you venture over, evocation of the above you'll find right here in a sip.
Jacobus is an attractive dry Riesling. From several of parcels of the vineyards and much more broader in style, this still holds the characteristic piercing acidity and purity of fruit. Lime and palm sugar on the nose, concentrated citrus in the mouth and notable ripe stone fruit. Long and creamy on the finish.
While Rheinschiefer is a single vineyard wine at the 1er cru level, a wine that's defined by purity and precision. Delivers so much poise and elegance. Lime and white peach on the nose with more lime sherbet in the mouth, ripe peaches and slightest touch of honey. So much tension leading onto a long finish.
And if you are thinking about pairing these wine with some lovely cooking.  Try Baked chicken and leek with the Jacobus. And Lao stuffed lemongrass  for the Rheinschifer.
I highly recommend it. Author, Leela is first and foremost a philologist. Her writing is a pleasure to read and her home cooking Thai recipes are some of the very few I find totally easy to follow. Tried and tested guys.