2018 German Grosse Gewächse & 2017 Pinot Noir
We are delighted to release our offer of 2018 Grosses Gewächs and 2017 German Pinot Noirs.
The 2018s are tasting better and better. They have settled down and are becoming smooth and integrated, revealing the great charm of youth as well as potential for long ageing. As befits a warm year, they are rich and muscular, but they possess a vibrant balancing acidity which keeps them fresh and true to their terroirs.
2017 is a brilliant vintage for reds. They are concentrated and pure, with delightful red berry fruit. They offer excellent early drinking, and the more serious ones will give pleasure for many years to come.
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2017 Pinot Noir [21 19] (GRUN95217A)
10-year-old vines in the Abstberg are giving wines of increasing complexity. Frost severely reduced yields, and the very small berries have produced rich, juicy crushed red fruit, a distinct smoky note, firm fine tannins and a bitter chocolate finish.
2017 Spätburgunder [18 19] (JULG70217A)
From vines around Schweigen-Rechtenbach, half of them in France. The fruit is from young vines, or older ones in less favoured sites. The fruit is dark and tinged with violets, there is freshness, intensity and fine tannins, and the finish is long and satisfying. Hard to think of a better bargain for the quality.
2017 Spätburgunder Sonnenberg WB [36 19] (JULG77217A)
From 25-year-old vines in Wormberg vineyard, across the border in France. A warm, inviting strawberry and spice nose leads to a firm, fresh, fleshy wine with intense red fruit, ripe tannins and a balancing stoniness.
2017 Spätburgunder Sonnenberg KB (JULG78217A)
The Kammerberg is the estate's best vineyard, on a gentle south-facing limestone-rich slope overlooking Wissembourg. The vines are young, but already showing real class: there is intense crushed raspberry and spiced plum fruit, delicately wrought but with tensile strength, firm but fine tannins giving balance, and a wonderfully fresh, fruity mineral-tinged finish.
2017 Pinot Noir Herrenstück [14 18] (KOCH40217A)
There is fresh strawberry and plum fruit tinged with spice on the nose; the palate is smooth, energetic and fine, the gentle balancing tannins leading to a juicy finish.
2017 Pinot Noir* [18 18] (KOCH44217A)
Crushed red fruit and loads of spice - cloves come to mind - leap out of the glass; in the mouth there is delicacy but also great depth, freshness and an intense finely balanced finish.
2017 Pinot Noir*** [17 18] (KOCH46217A)
From the estate's best site, the Halbuck, a terraced vineyard with poor loess soils on volcanic rock: grapes ripen more slowly here than in other vineyards on the estate. There is a knot of cool crushed raspberry fruit and spiced plums joined by silky tannins, and a gentle persistent mineral heat on the long fresh juicy finish.
2017 Pinot Noir Reserve [LOS 0419] (KOCH50217A)
The top selection from the Halbuck vineyard. There is more whole-bunch fermentation and more new wood than in Holger Koch’s other wines, and this is built to last. It has all the requirements: bags of fruit, vibrant acidity and smooth minerality all in perfect balance, leading to a very long finish. Drink 2023 – 2035
2017 Pinot Noir Niederberg Helden [46 19] (SCLI80217A)
Now firmly back in the stable after an absence of some years. The Helden Pinot vines were part of a parcel of Riesling purchased in 2009. Thomas decided not to grub them up, and has made a red wine 'for fun' ever since. It bears all the hallmarks of the Lieser style, each element clearly delineated and in harmony: very spicy delicate ripe strawberry fruit, juicy acidity, fine tannins and an intense slightly smoky finish.
2017 Spätburgunder [02 19] (SHEL20217A)
A deep vein of spicy black cherry runs through this, enveloped by smoky earthy flavours, balancing fine tannins and a long fresh finish.
2017 Pinot Noir [03 19] (SHEL30217A)
Made from small-berried Dijon clones around forty years old. A seductive, floral nose with strong notes of cherry, a silky intensity and freshness in the mouth and a fine, long sweet bitter chocolate finish.
2017 Pinot Noir N114 [04 19] (SHEL36217A)
Named after the bunker number on the Canadian airbase where Hans-Bert and Silke made their first wines. The smallest bunches from the oldest vines in their Nordweil vineyard, planted in 1971, were harvested a little earlier and vinified separately, giving a single barrique. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, tarragon and a touch of smoke are joined on the palate by intense cherry flavours; there is great density and freshness, and a fine mineral undercurrent, all of which make the 100% new oak fade into the background where it belongs.
2016 Tschuppen Spätburgunder (ZIER48216A)
A high clay content in the soil gives a rich, bloody wine with notes of grilled meat and game, along with intense rich blueberry fruit, smooth tannins and fresh acidity.
2016 Talrain Spätburgunder (ZIER49216A)
From a high vineyard in the Black Forest near Kandern, surrounded by dense woodland, with loam soils rich in iron on a limestone base, similar to that in Gevrey. It is a cool spot, and 60% whole-bunch fermention has yielded dark, stony black fruit with smooth tannins and a long juicy elegant finish. Its 12% alcohol makes it an appealing prospect.
2016 Rhini Spätburgunder (ZIER52216A)
2016 Jaspis Pinot Noir (ZIER60216A)
Old vines in warm iron-rich soil are harvested late, resulting in a spicy, raspberry-fruited wine of delicate intensity, with smooth rounded tannins, and a rich juicy finish.
2018 Frauenberg GG [47 19] (BATT42218A)
A limestone base gives generous juicy citrus notes, balanced by a lovely salty fine finish with a hint of oak.
2018 Im Obern Weinspar [12 19] (DENG32218A)
From fifty-year-old vines in limestone-gravel soil. There is always a breeze here, particularly welcome in a hot summer, not only for the vineyard workers but also to keep the wine fresh! This has cool, aromatics, with a green note underpinning the yellow fruit, and there a is lively citrus zing lasting to the delicately salty finish.
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