About The Wine
This is what the French would call a village-level wine. From the Bichofsberg vineyard, planted on southern-facing terraced red sandstone that produces a concentrated, intense expression of Pinot Noir, not dissimilar to a Cote de Nuits perhaps.
This wine possesses a character and sense of place all its own, a deep ripeness in the fruit, a darker fruit character with a touch of dried cherry, alpine herbs, rosemary, beautiful florals - close your eyes and let your mind wander to the rugged snow-capped Alps.
It’s quite sumptuous and squarely medium-bodied with beautiful silky tannins.
About Benedikt Baltes
Benedikt Baltes has a laser-like focus on Spätburgunder, which grounds his revitalisation of the vineyards and cellars of the Franconian city of Klingenberg. Though originally from the Ahr, and from a grape-growing family, he yearned to branch out with vineyards of his own.
In 2010 Benedict purchased the old municipal winery in Klingenberg, which boasts 12 hectares of old vines planted on steep, red sandstone terraces. He started afresh, unfettered by traditions or expectations and revitalised the old vineyards.
Converting to organic farming (certified organic as of 2018), fermenting with native yeasts, and aging in local oak, all further highlight the distinctive identity of Spätburgunder.
With no modern farming machinery to speak of, Benedikt utilises a flock of Dwarf Breton sheep to graze, aerate, and fertilise the soil, while the estate also grows its own stinging nettles to use in antifungal teas.