Dr. Heger

Baden | Ihringen

Just a few miles from the French border, in Germany’s southernmost region of Baden, Joachim Heger farms the extraordinary grand crus of Ihringer Winklerberg and Achkarrer Schlossberg. On these steep, volcanic slopes, Joachim gives voice to unique, delicious, ageworthy expressions of pinot noir. For close to 40 vintages, his work has revolutionized the way we can interpret the potential of this ancient wine region. Joachim made a name for himself and Baden with pinot noir, but he also embraces classic Germanic varieties, foremost riesling and silvaner, by allowing each to work its magic on the unique volcanic, loess, and limestone soils.

Dr. Heger 2016 Vorderer Winklerberg Spätburgunder Grosses Gewächs

Heger’s portion of the Grosses Gewächs vineyard Vorderer Winkelberg is a terraced site planted with a specific mix of Dijon clones planted at very high density on dry, rocky, volcanic soils. The potential for balance and expression here is unique, noted for its elegant and mineralic expression contrasted with the structure and power that is elaborated by the red tephrite rocks that absorb the sun’s warmth during the day and resonate that heat upon the grapes at night. The wine is fermented with native yeasts after a 5 day cold maceration, and it sees extended elevage which takes place over 18 months in barrique.

  • 2016
  • Pinot Noir
  • Grosses Gewächs
  • Germany
  • Baden
  • Kaiserstuhl
  • Vorderer Winklerberg
  • South
  • Volcanic, loess
  • 18 months new barrique
  • Fermentation on the skins
  • 0.3
  • 750 ml

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