Franken | Klingenberg

Steintal, formerly Weingut Benedikt Baltes, takes its new name from two defining features of the Churfranken — Stein (red sandstone) and Tal (the steep, terraced slopes). The wines are singularly cool, slender, taut, and sculpted because Benedikt thinks of them not in terms of other reds, even Burgundy, but of riesling. “Good pH, fine extraction, and reductive methods” are, he says, crucial to achieving the level of finesse and detail that mark the wines. Certified Organic as of 2018, produced with native yeasts and without filtration these wines have an alluring strength, with delicate fruit and aromatics, grip and depth.

Steintal 2015 Spätburgunder "Buntsandstein"

The first thing to know about the Baltes’ wines is that all the vineyards are classified, so even this basic wine has pedigree. As the name suggests, the soil is red sandstone, and the entirety of the estate is only 10ha where Benedikt exclusively produces biodynamically-farmed pinot noir. Often, entry-level German pinot noir displays fruitiness but lacks the structure to go with it. This is not the case with Benedikt’s wines. The Buntsandstein has aromas of roses and cassis which unfold over a lattice-like edifice of acidity and sweet tannin which gives it length.

  • 2015
  • Pinot Noir
  • QbA
  • Germany
  • Franken
  • Churfranken
  • Biodynamic
  • Klingenberg
  • South
  • Red sandstone
  • 18 months neutral cask
  • Neutral cask
  • 750 ml

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