German wine is primarily produced in the west of Germany, along the river Rhine and its tributaries, with the oldest plantations going back to the Roman era. Approximately 60 percent of the German wine production is situated in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, where 6 of the 13 regions (Anbaugebiete) are situated. Germany as the eighth largest wine-producing country in the world. White wine accounts for almost two thirds of the total production. Among enthusiasts, Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape variety, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration.
- Item #: i_375498Bottle Size: 750mlLiesl's red is 100% hand-harvested Pinot Noir from small estate-owned plots, macerated in stainless steel and matured briefly in neutral oak, hand-harvested from small plots with a maximum production capacity of 1,200 9L cases. The wine undergoes a cooler maceration in stainless steel tanks using the pump-over technique for maximum extraction. The wine is then transferred to large oak barrels which help “flesh out” the Pinot Noir without imparting too much “oaky” character to the wine. Liesl then spends several months in bottle before leaving the winery. Aromas of black cherry and dark fruits are accented by cranberry and savory notes. Allspice, cinnamon and clove come through on the mid-palate with the sweet yet savory flavors continuing. A nice acidity frames the wine, with a touch of oak spices and the red and dark fruit aromas and flavors carrying through on the finish.
- Item #: i_322823Bottle Size: 750mlThe nose is filled with spicy minerality, some citrus and grapefruit notes but also pineapple and apples, on the palate powerful and mineralic, very dense, fresh acidity, herbal notes and lots of citrus and grapefruit, long lasting minerality. Amazing value.
BACKGROUND: Pfeffingen in the Pfalz appellation is owned and operated by the Eymael family. Doris Eymael and her son Jan Eymael are descendants of the family that was granted the land in the 17th century by Emperor Ferdinand II. The unicorn on the label comes from the family crest. Today the estate includes 42 acres planted to Riesling, Scheurebe, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. The estate is unusual in Germany for being on “terra rossa,” or rich, red loan. Jan Eymael and Rainer Gabel are the winemakers. Pfeffingen is known for its richly styled dry and sweet wines.