Another great find from the Baden in Germany. Located in the southern most part of Baden near the France / Swiss border, Hanspeter Ziereisen is a highly talented wine maker with a fierce devotion to low impact natural methods.
German is all about Riesling right? Well.....not always it seems. We have just received word that the exicting Pinot Noir's from Fraken's emerging superstar Benedit Baltes have hit our shores. Grapes are grown to strict organic & biodynamic principles.
This number is a Portugieser (WTF?), a grape with origins from the Danube Valley (not in Portugal!). It's an early ripening lighter style and hard to believe it is Germany's 3rd most planted variety (although total plantings have halved since the 1970s).
German fruit from the limestone soil vineyards (Kalkmergel). Johannes believes the 2016 wines are superior to the much lauded 2015. As can be expected given the northern climate this wine is elegant and medium-bodied.
Now here's something genuinely interesting. The estate of Weingut Julg, located in the southernmost village in Pfalz, straddles the German-France border. What this means is that half the vines are in Pfalz, the other half in Alsace!
A super-historical Mosel estate with the cellar itself approaching 1000 years of age! Organic sites, all steep hillside and mostly slate. Power without high alcohol is the signature style. Organically farmed.
“Robert Weil has been one of the icons of German wine culture for many years. Nothing but the finest Rieslings are produced...as more than 100 years ago, the wines are distinguished in terms of their origins & their style.” The Finest Wines of Germany
The wine is based on declassified fruit from one or more of the Estate's Grosse Lage (great growth) vineyards. This year, the backbone is made up of fruit from the Ungeheuer with some barrels coming from Pechstein and Jesuitengarten.