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Riesling reigns supreme in the Mosel. Yet, this month, we highlight a Pinot Noir / Spätburgunder. Read why.
Riesling reigns supreme in the Mosel so it is not surprising that all our Wines of the Month have come from this grape ... so far.
Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) has been making quite an inroad into the region since its planting was allowed again in 1987. As avid lovers of red Burgundy, we also try to taste Mosel Spätburgunder. In all honesty, most efforts fail to impress us.
That the region has potential is clearly underlined by the debut Spätburgunder crafted by the talented Gernot Kollmann at his Weingut Immich-Batterieberg. This outstanding and balanced Pinot Noir ticks all the right boxes to be put forward as wine of the month.
You can read more about this wine, a great sparkling wine and the delicious set of 2011 Riesling wines crafted by the Immich-Batterieberg Estate in the Issue No 20 which focuses on the Mosel Vintage 2011. This issue is available to subscribers on simple request. Not yet a subscriber? You can become one, free of charge, by simply registering yourself here below.
Enkircher Monteneubel Spätburgunder
The grapes for this red wine were not de-stemmed and the maceration time was extended to 32 days. The wine was then matured in 225 liters oak casks. At only 11% of alcohol, this light colored wine offers a beautiful and refined nose of spices, violet, peony, raspberry and fresh cherry. The wine is very pure on the palate with perfectly well-integrated and silky tannins, so that the sensation is one of a soft and smooth wine pepped up by a touch of CO2 still in need of integration. The kirsch and other red fruits in the clean, light-weighted and long finish are admirable as they respect the structure and overall balance of the wine without forcing on either flavors or intensity. This first attempt at the tricky art of Pinot Noir winemaking is a little masterpiece in its own way! 2013-2020
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