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 Grossheubach Alte Reben

This is the village wine of the Bichofsberg vineyard and like the Erste Lage, this shows darker pinot noir aromas than the Klingenberg sites do. It’s also more concentrated and intense, more like Côte de Nuits whereas Klingenberg is more like Côte de Beaune. It was fermented in neutral 300-500L German oak barrels from the Klingenberg forest. There is more grape tannin here, and less “sweet” tannin as in the Klingenberg, but there is a spicy, minty note as well as a floral, rose component. It’s serious pinot noir with class and distinction.

  • 2015
  • Pinot Noir
  • QbA
  • Germany
  • Franken
  • Churfranken
  • Biodynamic
  • Bichofsberg
  • South
  • Red sandstone
  • 18 months neutral barrique
  • Neutral German barrique
  • 750 ml

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