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Thurgau, Roland und Karin Lenz, 2017

750 ml
Grape variety: Pinot noir, Regent, Rondo, Chancellor
Producer: Roland und Karin Lenz
Origin: Switzerland / Ostschweiz / Thurgau
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Article nr. 30122717
Grape variety: Pinot noir, Regent, Rondo, Chancellor
Producer: Roland und Karin Lenz
Origin: Switzerland / Ostschweiz / Thurgau
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Origin: Switzerland / Ostschweiz / Thurgau
Grape variety: Pinot noir, Regent, Rondo, Chancellor
Maturity: 1 to 4 years
Serving temperature: 16 to 18 °C
Drinking suggestion: Apéro pastries, Apéro riche, Grilled fish, Spiced grillades, Orecchiette, Strozzapreti alla siciliana, Vegetable pie
Vinification: short must fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel
Harvest: hand-picking
Maturation: in used barriques, partly in steel tank, short cultivation
Maturation duration: 6 months
Volume: 12.5 %


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.



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.



Thurgau: a small wine canton shows contour

Although Thurgau is a smaller wine-growing canton, with a cultivation area of just 260 hectares, six different growing zones can be differentiated here. The heart of viticulture in Thurgau is the Thur valley, with its two prestigious sites, Ottenberg at Weinfelden, and Iselisberg near the canton's capital, Frauenfeld. The reference variety is very clearly Pinot Noir, from which a series of premium wines is produced today. But red and white specialties are also on the rise. And the long-spurned Müller-Thurgau variety is experiencing a renaissance.


Roland und Karin Lenz

When people think of Thurgau, the first thing that comes to mind is apple cider. So much so, that locals joking refer to it as “Mostindien”, a humorous portmanteau of “Most” (apple cider) and “Ostindien” (East India). But of course, apples aren’t the only fruit to grow in this beautiful region. On a beautiful Sunday morning, put on your hiking boots and head out to Kartause Ittigen. The estate is well worth a visit and you can treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee before you leave. From there, follow the hiking trail to Ossingen through the woods and past the magnificent Iselisberg vineyards with their perfect southward orientation. You’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view and a wonderful wine tasting, for example at Karin and Roland Lenz’s famous wine estate.

While he was still studying œnology, Roland Lenz had the opportunity to take over 8 hectares on the Iselisberg. He was committed to ecological principles from the very beginning and so it was clear to him that he would cultivate the vineyards organically. However, his first attempt failed due to a lack of experience with the climatic and soil conditions. A few years passed before he tried again and ultimately succeeded. Today, joined by his wife Karin and a motivated team, he cultivates around 21 hectares according to the Bio Suisse Bud guidelines for organic farming (certified since 2011), which are considerably stricter than the Swiss or EU guidelines. Only 17 hectares are planted with vines, four have been given back to nature to enhance biodiversity.  

Grape varieties


Not afraid of Jack Frost

The red Rondo grape belongs to the “PIWIs”, the fungus-resistant varieties. These are varieties in which one of the two crossing partners is of non-European descent. Indeed, unlike the European Vitis vinifera vine class, from other continents are resistant to fungal diseases such as powdery or downy mildew. Such crosses are also called hybrids. In the case of the Rondo, the wild Asiatic grape used is also frost-resistant – a boon for vintners in very northerly wine cultivation countries like England, Belgium, the Netherlands or Denmark. The Rondo was bred in former Czechoslovakia in 1964, and further developed in Germany. It occupies the largest cultivation area today in Great Britain. Glossy red with dark fruit and soft body, it is well-suited for aging in French oak casks.


Red diamond

The Regent is the crown jewel in the portfolio of organic winegrowers. This hybrid contains a small proportion of non-European forest vines, which are highly resistant to adverse weather conditions and diseases. Thus the Regent, through inheritance, belongs to the “PIWIs”, the fungus-resistant varieties. Its trump card, however, is that the wines taste extraordinarily good – something which is far from guaranteed with crosses. It shines with velvety tannins and aromas of cherries and berries, and is ideal for barrique ageing. It was bred in 1967 in the Palatinate region. In the meantime, it has also gained a foothold in this part of the world, especially in the vineyards of Zurich and Schaffhausen. Wineries in England and Belgium appreciate it for its high frost tolerance. The Regent was named after a famous diamond, found by a slave in 1701 in a mine in India. It graced the first crown of Louis XIV, and later, Napoleon’s sword pommel.

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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