Pinot Noir Käferberg Reserve 2017
The grapes for our Reserve thrive on a terrace on the southeastern flank of the Käferberg vineyard. Within a small area one can find crystalline rocks alternating with much younger clay marl, sandy loess, and rare gravels that were deposited in the ancient Paratethys sea millions of years ago. A particularly high planting density and the strict yield reduction result in small-berried and concentrated grapes. The berries ferment in small, open tanks. The young wine later matures on the fine lees in oak barrels for at least two more years. The result is characterized by cool fruity elegance and calm power, which ends in spicy minerality.
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Selective harvest by hand in mid-September. Destemmed. Without sulphurisation of the mash. Open fermentation in small batches with a small percentage of whole grapes. Pressed off over several hours after 2 weeks on the skins. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. Matured in Barrique for several months on the lees. Bottled at high atmospheric pressure during the waxing moon in August 2019.
A concentrated and lively Pinot Noir, fine and calm scent of raspberries, brings forward the chalky soil it has grown on, rose hips and sloeberries, subtle woody spice shines through from the background, a subtle hint of vanilla; prances on the tongue, cool notes, red berry fruit remains, some forest berries and a hint of juicy oak, the fine herbal spice of the Kamptal in the long finish, salted fruit, great potential.
13 % vol.
15 years +
Slightly chilled, 17°C.
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