The Huber Alte Reben Chardonnay comes from old, low yielding vines. Therefore you get a ripe wine characterised by exotic fruits with butterscotch, hazelnut, and mineral. As well as the upfront characters Huber Alte Reben Chardonnay gives you get a powerful Chardonnay that has a lot of depth and length. The acid accompanies the dense fruit to an elegant and long-lasting finish. Huber Alte Reben Chardonnay is a wine with a great future.
The Huber Winery in Malterdingen is in the deep South – West of Germany. Located on the foothills of the Black Forest mountains between Strassbourg in the French Alsace Region and the city Basel in Switzerland. Of the approximately 25 ha they cultivate around 65% is Pinot Noir. Huber’s base of Malterdingen has a wonderful Pinot Noir tradition having seen the Cistercian monks bring the traditional grapevine from Burgundy over 700 years ago (the first documented planting was in 1285). About 8km away from Malterdingen was a big Cistercian monastery: the Monastery Tennenbach. These Cistercian monks also had a “curia” in Malterdingen. A kind of estate, where the monks managed all their vineyard work. This Curia is the location of the Huber winery.
Huber Alte Reben Chardonnay Wine Review
Tasted by James Button (at Justerini’s tasting, London, 03 Feb 2020)
Part of 15 great Chardonnay wines to try
“Now run by Bernhard’s son Julian, this estate is known for pursuing Burgundian finesse in its wines. This Alte Reben (‘old vine’) Chardonnay is sourced from the estate’s Grosses Gewachs vineyards, and immediately impacts with its struck match and crispy bacon notes of reduction. The palate is intense and focused, initially showing more bacon and struck match notes before displaying some sweet stone fruit and citrus acidity. There’s plenty of creaminess on the mid-palate from the lees and wood, although it doesn’t overpower, and the finish is long and fresh. Drinking Window 2020 – 2023”
The Cistercian Monks brought Pinot to this region over 700 years ago. The climate and soils complete with limestone matched the Burgundian Terroir and the Pinot Noir or Spatburgunder can make some seriously great wines that will rival Burgundy.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.
When you think of the wines of Germany, most likely you will think of the off-dry Rieslings of the Mosel. And with great reason too. They are delicious. But Germany has many regions and styles. Sure Riesling is the king of the quality wines. But the further south you go, the more you can find Spatburgunder. Or as we know it Pinot Noir. Carried there by the same monks who planted out Burgundy. The Pinot Noir in recent history has improved out of sight.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is pretty special. It contains everything you need to make grape wine. Except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product. This includes the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. This is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make a seriously impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is true that they, as a rule, don’t age for as long.