O Produtor, tasting note published in October 12th 2019
Reiterpfad - A den Achtmorgen is our first Pinot Noir GG.The plot is the heart of the Reiterpfad vineyard on Ruppertsberg and with our high density planting of Burgundian Pinot Noir varieties, where we have been planting 2009, the heart of our Pinots. Sandstone and limestone in the soil, as well as the sheltered location at the foot of the Haardt Mountains, are exceptional conditions for Pinot Noir. We have known this for a long time and since 2018 it is finely classified as GG. The wine shows a bright ruby-red colour with light violet reflections. Ethereal, noble and elegant, with aromas of plum and candied cherries on the nose, it continues to float aristocratically and ethereally on the palate. Finely woven tannins and cherry aromas
Intensive and sustainable work in the vineyards enables us to harvest highly aromatic and healthy grapes. This valuable fruit is vinified with a lot of patience and untreated in our historic cellar. We ferment our musts relatively turbid and without artificial cooling in different size oak barrels using their indigenous yeasts. This way we preserve the precious phenolic compounds, which shape the aroma and bestow a deep and complex structure upon our wines. Subsequently, the wines are moved only one time on their way into the bottle. This way, grapes from significant vineyard sites become special wines, which express our house’s unique style.
The fact that this estate is crafting some of the very best dry wines in Germany is no fluke, rather a result of nearly obsessive winemaker Stephan Attman’s commitment to both dedicated cultivation of Deidesheim and Forst’s best sites and meticulous work in the cellar. Von Winning maintains some of the oldest parcels in Grosses Gewächs vineyards smattered across Forst, Deidesheim, and Ruppertsberg. Attman’s every decision is informed by great enthusiasm and experiences at estates in the Cote d’Or and abroad. For example, Attman’s newer vines are planted at a very high vine density- 9500 vines per hectare, as opposed to the typically under 5000. This creates competition amongst the vines, forcing the roots to grow deep, naturally reducing yields. Attman has adopted the single cane trellising system, prevalent in Burgundy, and Grosses Gewächs wines ferment in 500mL French barrels. Von Winning practices organic and sustainable viticulture.