2014 ‘Von Unserm S’ Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)

2014 'Von Unserm S' Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)

The 'Von Unserm S' wines are Premium Cuvées available in limited quantities. They are made from the estate's »Alte Reben« [oldest vines] from grapes that were harvested especially late and very selectively. The Spätburgunder [Pinot Noir] is sourced exclusively from top sites in Assmannshausen. Exceptional wines for a special occasion!

Producer

The producer is the renowned VDP wine estate Balthasar Ress. Founded in 1870 by the Rheingau Hotelier Balthasar Ress, the wineestate numbers among the large, family-operated enterprises in the Rheingau today. Consistently high standards of performance and reliability have been hallmarks of the estate since its founding. Today the estate is run by Stefan and Christian Ress, who represent the fourth and fifth generations of the founding family.

Vintage

2014 began on a completely relaxed note and everything was running like clockwork...until July, when things completely changed. First came the “deluge” in the form of 270 liters of rain in July and August (100 liters are normal). Add to this the fact that the 2013 winter was definitely far too mild, thus enabling many pests to survive, leading to much more arduous work with defoliation in August and bunch thinning...all incredibly labor intensive yet necessary to keep the quality up.. In all, the harvest lasted more than four weeks. The early picking led to prevailing aromas reminiscent of citrus and yellow fruit; acidity that is ripe and round. In fact, the proportion of tartaric acid was already high at the start of the harvest. As such, vintage 2014 is clearly riper than 2013, which is perfectly alright.

Vineyard Site

These premium cuvées are sourced from the estate's »Alte Reben« [oldest vines] from grapes that were harvested especially late and very selectively. The Spätburgunder [Pinot Noir] is sourced exclusively from top sites in Assmannshausen which are famed for its excellent red wines in the Rheingau!

Harvest

Harvest started under fine conditions with a warm, dry period from 20th September until the 6th of October. Yields were higher than the much smaller preceding vintage, but quality is surmised as good due to rigorous selection.

Vinification

Fermentation takes place in open vats or red wine fermentation tanks after the grapes are de-stemmed. Juice extraction prior to this ensures additional concentration. After a gentle pressing, the wine matures about eight months in stainless steel tanks, old oak casks, and partly in barrique casks all of which help enhance the fruity character of the wines. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in the same tanks or casks.

Analysis

Alcohol: 13.0% by vol.
Acidity: 5.90
Residual Sugar: 8.6 g/l
Grape Variery
100% Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)

Tasting Notes

Some old oak and undergrowth on the nose, red and a few black berries, toasted traces, hint of tobacco, earthy and mineral traces in the background. Clear, cool, elegant, juicy fruit on the palate, fairly open, tart and polished, delicate acid bite, very fine tannins, persistent, fairly cool style, delicate herbaceous traces, míneral notes in the background, delicate hint of tobacco, peppery and dried floral traces, clear contours, cool, elegant, juicy and polished again on a very good finish.

Food Match

This spicy, full-bodied Spätburgunder is best enjoyed with game, dear, lamb chops or juicy steak. Slightly chill to 12°-14° Celsius.

Aging Potential

Drink now until 2025.