I don’t recall tasting many Chesselas so this Ziereisen Gutedel might be typical or it might now. Knowing the winery though, this Ziereisen Gutedel is probably an outstanding example of the grape.
It tastes of flint, snow pea, exotic citrus and a bit of earth. In the mouth Ziereisen Gutedel is stoney, dry, sappy, with chalk, talc and a lifted tobacco like finish. Ziereisen Gutedel very much tastes of the earth and would definitely benefit from a tasty snack to balance out the earthiness. Definitely a drink now style of wine.
Ziereisen Gutedel Heugumber Baden 2019, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Ziereisen in Baden, Germany, sits on the border of Alsace and Switzerland. They put a lot of work into their 21 hectares of vines, including organic practices, to make the best wines they can.
There is a strong focus on the Burgundian grapes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Blanc. But they also produce local speciality Gutedel (aka Chasselas).
They use indigenous years, large format, old oak for fermentation. Aging takes place in oak, and the wines get bottled unfiltered with little or no sulphur.
These are fascinating wines that take time to unfold in the glass but are well worth the wait.
Ziereisen Gutedel Heugumber Baden 2019 Wine Notes
“Really tangy. Swiss Chasselas fans won’t thank me for observing that it seemed to have much more character than the average Swiss Chasselas.”
Chasselas grows in many places over the world. In its homeland Switzerland, they use it to pair with raclette or fondue, so it is probably worth trying just for that. Chasselas is often dry and fruity but a bit on the simple side.
Baden is a long, narrow region in Germany. It is the third-largest region in Germany and the southernmost. It runs along the Rhine and borders Alsace.
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.
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 impressive. 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, including 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. Terroir 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 an incredibly 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 correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t’ age for as long.
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