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 2018 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 aged for 18 months in neutral 300-500L German oak barrels from the Klingenberg forest.

  • 2018
  • Pinot Noir
  • QbA
  • Germany
  • Franken
  • Churfranken
  • Certified Organic by ABCERT AG
  • Bichofsberg
  • South
  • Red sandstone
  • 18 months neutral Klingenberg oak
  • Neutral Klingenberg oak
  • 0.1
  • 750 ml

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