VPD.GROSSE LAGE distinguishes the highest quality German vineyards. The best wines with a complex taste, expressive character and special ageing potential mature here. The VDP regional associations take great care of the locations determined and delimited to the exact parcel.
Dry wines from VPD.GROSSER LAGE are called VDP.GROSSER GEWÄCHS.
Vineyard: In Dernau the Ahr valley widens after its narrow points and offers space for a steep valley basin in which the Pfarrwingert lies. The name of the vineyard goes back to the Catholic parish church of Dernaus, which is still the landowner in this parcel.
The Particularly favourable southern exposure and slope, in combination with the easily warmer ground, lead to a favourable microclimate in this location. This on occurring greywacke is a granular debris sediment, which with Slate fragments are baked into a sandstone-like structure. The Pfarrwingert brings extremely fragrant wines with subtle fruit and fine flavour pronounced minerality.
Vinification: Old vines, sustainable vineyard work, consistent yield reduction and careful hand-picking form the basis for this wine. The yield is around 30hl.ha. The grapes are gently transported to the winery in small boxes, spontaneous fermentation, 20 days maceration time on the mash, ageing in barriques (70% new wood content) on the fine yeast for 18 months, followed by 6 months in bottle storage. Unfiltered bottling.
Wine: This wine is characterised by the aromas of wild red berries, blueberries and cherries. This intense, clear fruit is underlined by spicy herbal components, delicate roasted aromas and violets. On the tongue it shows an animating freshness and saltiness, firm ninerality and depth. This Pinot Noir shows complexity with a mouth-filling, silky tannin structure.
Tasting notes by Tamlyn Currin
Tamlyn is part of renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson’s team - she is an excellent wine writer and manages the organisation’s tasting notes.
"Wild strawberry sweetness and rock dust on the nose. So lively it buzzes on the tongue; electrified pepper and wild red berries, silk-stocking tannins and this stunning minerality. Some savoury spice here, like white pepper and cumin and ground coriander. Utterly moreish. Thirst-quenching. Fantastic grace. Hint of forest floor, the scent as you kick through copper and red leaves, turning mushrooms and the understorey open to the air, and a touch of wood smoke trailing through the finish. A wine you could not tire of."
Alcohol: 13,5% vol.
Res. sugar: 0,4 g/l
Acidity: 6,0 g/l