The Spätburgunder trocken is produced with the German variant of the pinot noir grape, an uncommon sort in the Altenkirch area. The bouquet is rich with aroma’s of black berries and a hint of mint, with tones of pepper and tobacco for complexity. The taste is fruity and for the high mineral level, pure and refreshing in the end.
Preparation of the wine
Altenkirch has only 10% spätburgunder grapes. Winemaker Jasper Bruysten loves this grape and therefore he treats them with care. The grape is as its best on the hilly vineyards. The wine is fruity but firm. It is a wine that goes perfectly on its own but fits spicy meat dishes as well.
About: Weingut Altenkirch
Weingut Altenkirch was established in 1826 and is located in Lorch, which is close to the Rheingau. The vineyards are difficult to maintain because of their hilly position and slate ground. The 20 hectares vineyards are manually sustained and is labour intensive. The wine house has won multiple international prices for its wine.
Rheingau is because of its location a unique wine region. Most of the vinyards are located in the south bank of the Rijn river, where the sun shines almost every day. Most of the grapes in this area are Riesling, except for Assmanshausen where a small amount of spätburgunder is planted. Winemakers in Rheingau aim to produce German wine with French quality.