Baden: Klumpp Bruchsaler Weiherberg Pinot Noir 2018
We've unearthed a gem of a Pinot Noir here. Born of Burgundian clones (hence they use French on the label rather than 'Spätburgunder') and planted on the chalky soils of the Weiherberg vineyard, this organic Pinot is packed with red berry fruit, yet provides a level of elegance not normally associated with wines from this region.
One of the joys of Pinot Noir is the discrete differences that are apparent in the wine according to where it is planted. This single vineyard, a-typical Pinot Noir from 25-year old vines on chalky soils in the northerly sector of Germany's most southerly (and warmest) wine region, Baden is a great example.
Baden, positioned just across the Rhine from Alsace in south-west Germany, is the country's 3rd largest wine-producing region. Stretching 400km down to Lake Constance in the south and provided with natural protection by the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest, it is the country's warmest grape-growing region, ergo the wines tend towards fuller flavours and higher alcohols. The most common grape varieties found are Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc and over 80% of Baden's production comes from co-operatives. The Kraichgau district is located in the north of Baden and is known as the 'region of a thousand hills' as it comprises gentle rolling countryside. Topographically this area was actually formed around 65 million years ago and has a rich variety of soils and terroirs.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Germany, Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Charcuterie, Pork|
|Cellarage||Drink 2020 to 2029.|
|Vinification||Leaf-thinning is practiced in order to allow more sunshine onto the ripening grapes whilst a green harvest helps with ensuring low yields of only 35 hl/ha. The grapes are hand harvested and are carefully transported within the winery via gravity rather than by mechanical means. 8% of the must is removed to concentrate it further (saignée) and after 3 days of cold maceration on skins, the must undergoes a classic red wine fermentation for 14 days with the cap being submerged three times a day. The wine matures for 18 months in French barriques, 60% of which are new.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Ulrich Klumpp grew up in a wine family, with his parents tending a tiny 1.2 hectare plot. He followed his dream by establishing the Klumpp estate in 1983 with his wife Marietta - and now with sons Markus and Andreas (who joined in 2004 and 2010 after training at Geisenheim, Germany's famous and respected wine university) they are making their mark with an ultra-modern, very stylish winery and 25 hectares of organically-farmed vineyards. This terrific domaine is located to the north-east of Karlsruhe in the gentle rolling hills of the Kraichgau in Baden. Only about 1% of Germany's total production is farmed organically, but all of Klumpp's vineyards are organic with 50% of the production being white and 50% red.
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