Kallstadter Saumagen Spätburgunder 2019
QbA Pfalz, Rings, 750 ml
A Palatinate poem, grown on red limestone from the top vineyard Kallstadter Saumagen. The Pinot Noir is carefully handmade by the Rings brothers. This delicate, fragrant "Burgundy" exudes in the complex nose typical Pinot fruit aromas such as wild berries, sour cherry, blood orange, rose blossoms and dark spices. On the palate you can feel the enormous juiciness and silky tannins already at the first sip. Strawberry and delicate cocoa notes alternate with a fine minerality. On the palate it is very full-bodied and yet elegant. A divine revelation - not only for fans of Burgundy.
|Germany / Pfalz
|Site / vineyard:
|Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine
|2 to 6 years after harvest
|16 to 18 °C
|Italian antipasti, Apéro riche, Roast veal with morel sauce, Crispy roast chicken, Pork fillet with plums, Risotto with ceps
|fermentation in wooden barrel, soft pressing, cooling period
|strict selection, in small boxes, hand-picking with simultaneous grape sel
|in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces
Blueprint of the terroir
No other variety expresses its terroir as precisely as Pinot noir. It is a sensitive, fragile grape. But when it succeeds, it gives the world some of its very greatest wine plants. It especially excels in Burgundy, where it has been cultivated for at least 700 years. Even in the middle ages, it was considered so precious that it was kept separate from other grapes so as to not diminish its value. The finest examples are delicate and fragrant with aromas of cherries and red berries. With maturity, notes of forest floor, leather and truffles enter as well. An irresistible fruity sweetness still shines through, even after several decades. The Pinot noir does well in cool locations: in Switzerland and in Germany, where it is known as Blauburgunder and Spätburgunder respectively; in Alsace and in South Tyrol, in Oregon, New Zealand and Tasmania. Not least, it yields fantastic champagnes. It is a wonderful culinary companion. With its soft tannins and charming bouquet, it meshes with everything, from Güggeli and cheeses to fried fish.
Pfalz: Riesling meets Burgundy
Palatine winemakers manage the feat of vinifying top-tier crus from both white and red varieties. In addition, Riesling presents the same class here as Chardonnay and other Burgundy varieties. This versatility at high quality levels makes Germany’s second-largest wine region a trove of discoveries of all kinds. Tranquil winegrowing towns with a diverse range of culinary offerings and hotels make the Palatinate region a perfect wine travel destination.
Germany – Into the elite the hard way
Sitting in the heart of Europe, the hilly, lake-dotted landscape of Germany provides ideal, fertile soil for the most diverse vine varieties. From Albalonga to Zweigelt, over 140 different grape varieties are grown on about 100,000 acres, cared for by nearly 50,000 vintners. Most of these vintners are young, modern, internationally trained, inquisitive and urbane. It is hardly surprising, then, that German wine has a good reputation well beyond the country's borders.