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Cuvée 1844 Noir 2022

Ostschweizer Landwein, Roland und Karin Lenz, 750 ml

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Grape variety: Pinot noir, Merlot
Producer: Roland und Karin Lenz
Origin: Switzerland / Ostschweiz
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Grape variety: Pinot noir, Merlot
Producer: Roland und Karin Lenz
Origin: Switzerland / Ostschweiz

Description

No effort is spared here: the Cuvée Noir is created in the vineyard in a very special way. A few days before the harvest, the Lenz family pinches off the juice the grape stalks a few days before the harvest in order to concentrate the berries. The result is slightly rosinised grapes, which give the wine a seductive fullness and opulence. On the nose, it entices with the scents of tea roses, black cherry, prune black cherry, prune and white pepper. On the palate fruit, warm aromas, juicy acidity and silky smooth tannins. and silky soft tannins. A real palate pleaser.

Attributes

Origin: Switzerland / Ostschweiz
Grape variety: Pinot noir, Merlot
Label: Vegan, Certified organic or biodynamic wine
Ripening potential: 1 to 8 years after harvest
Drinking temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Food Pairing: Vegetable cous-cous, Mushroom ragout, Risotto with ceps
Vinification: long must fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel, Punching down, soft pressing
Harvest: hand-picking, drying of the grapes
Maturation: in new barriques, short cultivation
Bottling: no filtration
Maturation duration: 10 months
Volume: 13.5 %
Note: Contains sulphites
Producer

Roland und Karin Lenz

In 1994, while Roland Lenz was still studying oenology, he and his wife Karin were able to acquire eight hectares of vines on the Iselisberg. It was a unique opportunity that they seized, even though they were toying with the idea of setting up their own business abroad, far from Switzerland. They actually did so later, but that's another story…

It is only in the last two decades that the Canton of Thurgau has really come to the attention of wine lovers as a wine-growing area. Its apple orchards and the apple juice (must) pressed from the picked fruit have always been popular, inevitably earning the canton its nickname of «Must India». Viticulture, however, has existed in this region for centuries.

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Grape variety

Pinot noir

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.

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Pinot Noir

Merlot

Everybody’s darling

Merlot is the most charming member of the Bordeaux family. It shines with rich colour, fragrant fullness, velvety tannins and sweet, plummy fruit. It even makes itself easy for the vintner, as it matures without issue in cool years as well. This is in contrast to the stricter Cabernet Sauvignon, which it complements as a blending partner. Its good qualities have made the Merlot famous worldwide. At over 100,000 hectares, it is the most-planted grape in France. It also covers large areas in California, Italy, Australia and recently in Eastern Europe. The only catch is that pure Merlot varieties rarely turn out well. Its charm is often associated with a lack of substance. Only the best specimens improve with maturity. They then develop complex notes of leather and truffles. This succeeds in the top wines from the Bordeaux appellation of Pomerol and those from Ticino, among others.

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Region

Ostschweiz

Eastern Switzerland: an intriguing puzzle

Eastern Switzerland has long been positioned on the northern rim of the climate zone where the cultivation of popular Swiss varieties is possible. Due to a warming climate, the vineyards of Aargau, Zurich, Schaffhausen, Thurgau and Graubünden are now in the zone where varieties such as Müller-Thurgau or Pinot Noir succeed excellently. But even long-established, almost-forgotten varieties such as Elbling, Räuschling and Completer are experiencing a renaissance.

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Country

Switzerland

Switzerland – A small country with enormous diversity

Switzerland is famous for its banks, watches, and cheese, but not necessarily for its wine. The Swiss didn't invent wine, but they have been extremely open and curious to it. Wine culture arrived in what is now modern Switzerland via several routes: from Marseilles to Lake Geneva and the Lower Valais region; from the Aosta Valley through the Great St. Bernard Pass to the rest of Valais; from the Rhone through Burgundy, across the Jura Mountains to Lake Constance; and from Lombardy to Ticino, and then on to Grisons.

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