Muller Thurgau 2010 trocken
A delicate pear and Asian spice nose with a pleasant and refreshing finish on the palate.
Muller Thurgau Feinherb 2009
Riper and richer fruit characters, but tremendous balance and savoury qualities.
Weissburgunder Kabinett Trocken 2011
There is a nice sharpness and a spritzy clean and dry palate, good ripeness and a slight malolactic edge.
Grauburgunder Spatlese Trocken 2010
Very concentrated and vibrant with good intensity and integrity, with a slight savoury bitterness on the edge of the palate.
Baron Louis Spatlese Trocken Grauburgunder 2010
100% barrel fermented, has a distinct orange and lemon pith aroma, and a candied peel flavour on the palate.
Aromatic but not obvious, with everything in balance and nothing to displease.
Eichberg Spatburgunder 2010
Softer and more voluptuous structure, with broader and silkier tannins, but lacks structure and interest.
Premium Spatburgunder 2008
A smoky meaty and volatile hoisin nose, with opulence and tightness at the same time.
Baron Phillip Spatburgunder 2007
100% new barrique matured, wonderful in spite of some strange aromatics.
Taking barrel tasting samples
You forget how close Alsace is to the border considering how different it is, but it dawned on me five minutes after leaving my accommodation in Strasbourg I was back in Germany. Situated on the eastern bank of the Rhine is the state of Baden-Wurtemberg, but Baden and Wurtemberg are legislated as different wine regions. Baden alone is the third largest wine region in Germany covering 16,000 hectares, but compared to Rheinhessen and the Pfalz it is not really known outside of Germany. The region has similarities to its neighbour over the French border, but is generally considered the red wine region of Germany. Much like Alsace cooperatives are very common, and 85% of the production is made by them. Also similar to Alsace, burgundian varieties are very popular, the most important being spatburgunder (pinot noir), grauburgunder (pinot gris) and weissburgunder (pinot blanc). The region is separated into nine districts from north to south, with the best known being Kaiser Stuhl. This name may be familiar with Australian wine consumers, but associate it with very cheap cask wine from the last century, no longer in existence (as far as I know).
|Kaiser Stuhl vineyards