The Growers > Weingut Ziereisen
After a long search for good German Pinot Noir, we came across the maverick Hanspeter Ziereisen, and hit the jackpot. Based close to the Swiss and French borders just north of Basel, he makes a selection of Pinot Noirs (and a host of other varietals) that offer both purity and value. His vineyards are on a south-facing slope overlooking Basel, the vines grow at an altitude between 250 and 400 metres, and there is a constant breeze, allowing slower ripening. He does not chaptalize, and uses 10% new wood across the range. The musts are handled very gently, with no punching down and little extraction.