2016

Gut Hermannsberg Weißer Burgunder ‘Halbstück’ Selektion aus Grossen Lagen

Although considered to be notable producers of noble Riesling wines, our Pinot Blanc is certainly no accident.

This is a wine that fully reflects its origins: a personification of the complex volcanic rock that lies beneath the vineyard soil. A wine that manages to combine dense volcanic minerality with succulence and smoothness and delicacy… a nutty nose with discreet fruitiness… tenacious on the tongue, yet with a refined elegance.

‘Altenbamberger Rotenberg’ and ‘Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube’ are the two great sites from which the grapes for this wine are harvested. The rugged, south facing terraces of the ‘Kupfergrube’ create powerful and intense aromas. The volcanic rhyolites of the ‘Rotenberg’ underpin and enhance the wine’s smooth character.

We’re confident that our 2016 Pinot Blanc ‘Halbstück’ will exhilarate from the word go.

JAMES SUCKLING SAYS: Great interplay of toasty oak and creamy lees character with an intense sage aroma and a slatey minerality at the finish make this a striking dry pinot blanc. Drink or hold. 90 POINTS

Classification Selection VDP. GROSSE LAGE
Taste Dry
Grape Variety Pinot Blanc
Yield 40 hl/ha
Exposure South-facing steep sites
Soil condtitions/Geology Melaphyr, porphyry, schistous clay
Vinification Halbstück (600 l casks)
Alcohol 13.0 %
Residual sugar 3.5 g/l
Acidity 7.2 g/l
Recommended drinking temperature 8-10 °C (46-50 °F)
Optimum drinking/maturity 2017 – 2026

Serve, for example, with a charcoal-grilled meaty white fish, charred on the skin, freshwater or brook trout, with side dishes such as pureed sweet chestnut or celery, chard, broccoli and sautéed onions, ideally enhanced with a little grape-seed oil or roasted nuts.

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