Our Spätburgunder (also known as Pinot Noir) comes from an old limestone vineyard next to the town of Volkach. With its first vintage 2015 it drafted a new idea of German Pinot: acidic, light, neutral oak. So we pick relatively early (at least for our region), alcohol is not that important to us here. A layer of whole bunches gets covered by destemmed and crushed berries with some of the stems mixed back in. When fermentation is finished we press and put the wine in an old, neutral barrel so the wine can breathe but doesn’t pick up oak flavors. The following summer the wine gets racked and moves to a tank where it stays for at least another 18 months for the tannins to polymerize before being bottled.
An earthy, stony wine, think dark cherries, rhubarb and herbs. Crispy acidity, complex and mineral. A wine that can age for a long time.