This family business is on its fifth generation of winemakers, after brothers Alexander and Martin (above) took over from their father Norbert in 2011. They set about on a radical journey to show German wines in a new and irreverent light. I don't know if the Germans have an equivalent idiom for "tongue in cheek", but these wines are it! Alexander and Martin still make the same delicious wines as their father, from twenty-nine acres of vineyards in the southern Pfalz. Yet with a bit of a twist...
As well as German staples like Riesling and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), the Bauer brothers manage to make a ripe, warming Merlot in this relatively warm southerly part of Germany. Not very red squirrelly? Come on, German Merlot this ripe and fulsome is so off-the-wall we couldn't resist! They also make an very sound Sauvignon Blanc that beat a big line-up of respectable Kiwis in an in-house trial. These chaps know what they're doing. We've also got a small amount of their "Granite" Riesling, made in bespoke granite barriques. Focused, nervy and fascinating, right down to those immovable hand-carved 'barrels'. The Bauer brothers have more than one eye on good marketing (their wines have featured at the German Grand Prix) and they've got awesome labels. Naturally the wine is awesome too.
Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll Riesling 2015
If You Are A Racist, A Terrorist, or Just An Asshole... Sauvignon Blanc 2016