Extraordinary Pinot Noir clone from Ahr, exotic, gentle and fruit driven
Meyer-Näkel is widely regarded as one of the best Pinot Noir producers in Germany. The Näkel family has been producing wine in the Ahr for five generations. Today the Meyer-Näkel estate covers 18 ha of vineyards in the Ahr, predominantly in Dernau, with 80% of production dedicated to Spätburgunder
Frühburgunder is an old grape variety belonging to the pinot family, that could be desribed as an early ripening variety of Pinot Noir. The very small, thick-skinned grapes produce fruity and full-bodied wines with an intense colour. Its velvety taste is characterised by a fine acidity and gentle, delicate tannins.
The secret of the Ahr wines is based on a perfect microclimate created by geological conditions. The steep, south-facing vineyards provide optimal exposure to the sun. The predominant weathering soils of slate and greywacke are easily heatable and able to store this heat as well. This is how the narrow valley which is protected by the mountains of the Eifel quickly heats up and offers the vines an ideal habitat.
Vinifiacation: The hand picked yield is about 30-35 hl/ha and is matured in barriques (French oak) for 10 months. For the most part, the wine is matured in old barrels (no new oak).
Tasting Note: In nose and taste berry fruits like raspberry, huckleberry and morello cherry dominate. The wine also has an elegant floral aroma with hints of cacao bean, as well as a soft tannin structure.
Critics: 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
Frühburgunder (Pinot Noir clone, aka Pinot Madelaine )