This rare Pinot Noir variety comes from the Steinsatz region in Rauenberg, Kraichgau. It is a product of the Keuper soil formation, a unique combination of red claystone and limestone that occasionally appears as dolomite stone. The soil is remarkably stony, but this also results in a rich skeletal structure. The hard dolomite stone weathers only slowly, which means that the embedded clay layers are incredibly rich in minerals and provide excellent nourishment for the vines. The fermentation of the wine depends on the vintage, partially destemmed or macerated in small wooden vats. After fermenting on the skins for three weeks, the estate wine is pressed and racked via the "broquereau by fall pressure" process in used wooden barrels, predominantly barrique and pièce barrels. No yeasts, enzymes or fining agents are used in the production of this special wine and only a minimal amount of sulphur is added.
With its garnet red colour and violet hues, this wine immediately catches the eye.
This 2019 Steinsatz reveals a powerful depth and a juicy, solid structure on the nose. Dark blackberries, cassis, plums, smoky hints, leather and tobacco give it a touch of Côte de Nuits. At the same time, spicy notes of cinnamon and clove provide a charming and elegant start.
On the palate, it unfolds a juicy, dense texture supported by dark fruits, cool minerality, ripe, youthful tannin and invigorating acidity. This is a lovely wine with juicy fruit that is perfect for accompanying strong dishes and shows great ageing potential.
It is recommended to decant the wine and enjoy it slightly chilled from Burgundy glasses.
It goes perfectly with parsnip puree with wild rice and pink pepper, braised beef cheeks with parsnip puree or duck breast with blackberry sauce and rosemary potatoes.
Winery Forgeurac, Leostr. 1, 68789 St. Leon-Rot / Germany