Weingut Ziereisen

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Baden – Germany

“According to our philosophy, our wines should reflect their origin as unadulterated as possible. That’s why we treat our wines as gently as we can, dispensing with chemical treatments, fining and filtration. In the vineyard we work according to old fathers custom – by hand. We make a muscular wine. Not a sumo wrestler, but a decathlete – supple, elegant, strong and athletic. Power and balance are our goal. We strive for the balance between acidity, tannin, alcohol and aromas.” – Hanspeter Ziereisen

Hanspeter is the winemaker at his family winery run by 4 generations of Ziereisens. It is located in Baden close to the Switzerland border. Their production is focuses on Pinot Noir, Syrah and the ancient native grape Chasselas that is typically found in Switzerland.

2013 Ziereisen Blauer Spatburgunder
“Hand-picked, open-fermented, 10 days cold soak, SO2 the only addition. Light, clear colour; made with 20% whole bunches, and spends two years in big barrels. The bouquet is clear and fragrant, red berry fruits to the fore, and fine tannins on the finish.” – 93 Points James Halliday, WineCompanion.com.au

2013 Ziereisen Blauer Spatburgunder Tschuppen
“Takes its name from an estate vineyard site, matured for 22 months in used oak. Like the entry point wine, it is screwcapped. The perfume of the bouquet is utterly mesmerising, the red fruits on the palate with excellent texture and mouthfeel. As with each, neither fined or filtered.” – 93 Points James Halliday, WineCompanion.com.au

2013 Ziereisen Blauer Spatburgunder Schulen
“Matured for 20 months in French barriques (20% new), and mainly destemmed, wild-fermented, like its siblings. The perfume is almost overpowering, matching the intricate mouthfeel that has the finest filigree of flavour and power. On a par with Burgundy Premier Cru or top Australian pinot.” – 96 Points James Halliday, WineCompanion.com.au

Click here to read James Halliday’s article about Ziereisen from The Weekend Australian Magazine, March 11-12, 2018.

Ziereisen Tschuppen Blauer Spatburgunder 2014
“Individuality is the signature of Ziereisen”, finishes a strong quote on the back label. Indeed, this organic producer from Baden does little that fits the convention of German winemaking, from vessels, amphora buried in vineyard, large old oak, concrete, stainless, mixes of all, to skin contact in whites, and, brisk, crunchy reds, whole bunch, you name it… A producer to keep your eyes on. Really light, delicate pinot noir here. Delicious, fine boned, skeletal and svelte. You’ll have to like talc-like tannins, puffs of dried cranberry and sour cherry, licks of peppery spice. There’s touches of herbal detail and a faint mineral feel in the mix. It’s a quiet kind of wine, shy in a way, but really lovely to hold in the mouth and savour. I really liked the understatement here. Beauty.” – 93 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au

Ziereisen Schulen Blauer Spatburgunder 2014
“This is an understated, sleek, finely wrought pinot noir. It offers drinkers a cool, just medium weight expression, fine, dusty tannins, a herb-lifted, cherry juice and pomegranate pinot spectrum. There’s volume of perfume, layers of flavour, tannin and spritely acidity in the palate. It swirls through the mouth with easy pleasure, a light gumminess lingers in sweet-sour fruit and spice. Even from front to back. Such pleasure here.” – 93 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au

Heymann-Lowenstein Pinot Noir vom Schiefer 2015
“A curious but fruitful winery collab of Mosel’s Heymann-Lowenstein and Baden-based Zieriesen, with pinot noir as the common ground. It’s organic farmed and pretty much un-tinkered with. An exploration in the pursuit of purity and German pinot noir, or something like that. In terms of packaging, HL has the label design, Z takes the cap over the cork. Wonders. Super exciting to see the rise and rise of German pinot, and for the pinot fancier, something to get involved with now. Slippery, satiny red of light weight but full concentration of flavour. It’s pleasingly sappy with ripe cherry, faint rhubarb/beetroot savoury fruit character, an almost mallow kind of sticky-sweetness but finishes with faint herb and a pleasing, light bitter twist. It’s lightly mouth-coating in its flavours, unadulterated in its fruit expression and lingers with command. You wouldn’t call it complex, and it shows little in savoury detail, but it’s composed and beautiful as it stands. Emphatically good.” – 93 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au

Heymann-Lowenstein Pinot Noir vom Schiefer 2014
“Quite slender in its feel but there’s loads of vibrant black and red cherry, a touch of dark chocolate, sprinkle of rosemary, touches of truffle. It’s funky, in a way, but also quite fruit pure, flavours are bright and true, aromas fragrant and floral-pretty. Sweet-sour, sweet-bitter finish in the best possible, amaro-like way too. It’s quite something, right down to the satiny nature of texture. Worth the visit. Cult wine in the making.” – 94 Points Mike Bennie, WineFront.com.au

 

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