Here are some pictures of the estate and cellars with Volker and Michael
Here are my notes on the wines i tried that day. Again, everything I drank there was excellent and come highly recommended although I did drink the more premium wines. They do produce a lot of cheaper stuff which i didn't try.
1. Riesling 1782 Erste Langhe (German for Premier Cru), 2014 - This is from a single vineyard planted with cloned vines brought from the Mosel in 1782, hence the name. Really powerful nose of tropical fruits. A nice dark golden colour this is very fruity on the palate with a strong mineral finish. Really distinctive, this reminds me of a Hunter Valley Semillon. €17
2. Grosse Gewachs (German for Grand Cru) Riesling Schlossberg "M" 2013 - From the Merineberg vineyard but can't name is as such due to the German laws so they Called it M, "as in James Bond!", jokes Volker. Quite a closed nose but a lovely mouthful of lemon and minerals followed by bracing acidity on the long finish. Really refined stuff. Only 4,500 bottles made. €35
3. Gewurtztraminer 2015 - the estate's only "orange" wine. Apparently the younger winery assistants were keen to make a natural wine so Volker said, "go on then, do one". Made as a natural wine with no sulphur. Interesting nose, smells of Campari. Tart orange peel flavours continue on the palate with a bit of spice, followed by a bit of acidity on the finish. Interesting. €17
4. Spatburgunder, Bermatinger Leopodsberg "B", 2013 - Pinot Noir from their other estate in Lake Constance near the Swiss border, which has its own little micro-climate thanks to the lake. It stores the heat and gets cold air from the lake frosts, resulting in a long growing season with harvest not until late October. The gravel soils give the wien a great minerality. Red cherry aromas lead to a beautiful mouthful of tart yet sweet red fruit. The finish is long, elegant and refined. €45
5. Spaburgunder Durbacher Schlossberg "Sophienberg", 2012 - A deliciously fruity Pinot Noir from this estate. Much darker in colour than the Lake Constance wine the fruit flavours are more dark berries and cherries and the palate is fuller-bodied. Long and balanced, this is so fruity and goes amazingly with the beef cheeks we had for lunch. €45
Just to make you hungry, I'll leave you with a picture of my hearty lunch of beef cheeks and Spätzle (another first) which went very well with these Spatburgunders. Who says german food is rubbish?