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Weingut Ziereisen Efringen-Kirchen/Markgräferland (Baden)
Size: 19 ha
Production 110,000 bottles
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Gutedel (Chasselas), Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris
Hanspeter Ziereisen is quick-thinking and full of energy, and his wines get better every year. After a love affair with new oak early this century, he has tempered its use so that it subtly supports, rather than dominating the wines. 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 offers 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 chaptalise, and uses 10% – 20% new wood across the range. The musts are handled very gently, with no punching down and little extraction. The wines are breathtakingly pure and long-lived.
Ziereisen makes great Pinot Noir at all quality levels, from Tschuppen to the Jaspis Alte Reben. Of particular note is the attention he has paid to Gutedel (Chasselas): he sees it as a perfect reflector of terroir, from the humble Heugumber to the flagship wine the Gutedel 104, so called because of the vine density in the vineyard (104 – or 10,000 per hectare). It is breath-taking – and reassuringly expensive.