An extraordinary German Pinot Gris

So there’s the regular Grauburgunder: clean, rich and powerful, and then there’s the Grauburgunder Eichbuck, a completely different wine. It has more finesse, more freshness, more clearly defined fruit. The fruit is scented, the acidity bright and there is a pure mineral streak running through to the long, clearly-defined slightly creamy finish.

What’s going on?

The answer is terroir and…skin contact.

High up on the terraces of the Kaiserstuhl, a volcanic blister on the Rhine plain overlooking Alsace lies the Eichbuck vineyard, composed of loess soils with a high stone content, which give a distinct mineral flavour to the grapes.

After picking, most of them are quickly pressed and the juice fermented normally, but about 10% are destemmed and lightly crushed and left to ferment on the skins. The resulting wine is dark gold and full of flavour, with a bitter edge courtesy of the tannins in the skins. When blended with ‘regular’ wine the effect is transformative, lending and structure and freshness.

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2016 GRAUBURGUNDER Eichbuck [05 17] (KOCH30216A)
6 BOTTS £72.00
In Bond
Equivalent bottle price inc. VAT: £17.00

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