Site & Soil
Due to erosion over the course of many decades, lower-lying areas in each vineyard have
thicker layers of soil than the rest. In very dry years, the lower part has better water nutrition
and therefore the grapes mature more evenly and fully than in the significantly more meagre
soils higher up. In years with a wet autumn, grapes in these lower parts ripen later and quite
differently from the rest.
Every year, we separate the grapes from the lower parcels of each vineyard and blend them
together. We call this wine Cuvée vom Berg, as it is really a blend made from almost all
vineyards and varieties, although with prominent proportions of Syrah and Blaufränkisch.
Harvest & Vinification
As with all our wines, we don’t use sulphur on the grapes; we ferment with wild yeasts and we
macerate very softly in large wooden fermenters without using any mechanical tools. Grapes
and must are neither heated nor cooled. During the wine’s two years of maturation, we make
only one soutirage – for the rest of the time, the wine just matures slowly.
The result is an impressive wine, very seductive with fruit, finesse and tempting acidity. It is a
wine that sommeliers love to serve by the glass, as it evolves and improves the longer the
bottle is open.
2015 was an extremely dry and hot summer. The challenge was to conserve precise fruit,
refreshing acidity and the typical agile grace customarily provided by the limestone. We
selected very severely, taking away every single overripe berry.
“The 2015 Cuvée vom Berg has a dark, medium-intense purple-ruby color and opens with a highly delicate and pure but also intense and concentrated cherry and dark berry bouquet with spicy and minty flavors. The wine is round and charming on the palate, with sweet and lush cherry flavors. The finish is peppery and spicy, the tannins are supple and well-integrated. This generous but well-balanced wine drinks already beautifully today.” – Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker
Falstaff: 91 points, A la Carte: 92 points, Robert Parker: 90 points, James Suckling: 90 points