World-class Pinots, by any measure. The Huber winery is located in Malterdingen in the winegrowing region of Baden in the foothills of the Black Forest mountains in Germany’s deep south west.
Pinot Noir has been cultivated in the village for well over 700 years, having been brought there from Burgundy by the Cistercian monks. About two-thirds of Huber's 25 ha estate is given over to Pinot Noir.
Huber take pointers from Burgundy but never tries to make their Pinots taste like Burgundy, instead drawing on those ideas to best express the sites around Malterdingen and surrounding villages.
“There is no doubt that the future of Weingut Bernhard Huber has already begun and it has already achieved a very high level,” wrote Stephan Reinhardt of Wine Advocate after tasting the 2014s with the family in Malterdingen. It was the first harvest Julian Huber processed after the passing of his father. Things are indeed shaping up beautifully, with Julian’s own sure-footedness aligned with respect to the lessons of the late, great Bernhard. We now have the first of the 2014s arriving in Australia, to be enjoyed alongside the excellent GG wines of '13. “The qualities of both vintages, 2014 and 2013, are great when it comes to Pinot Noir,” Stephan Reinhardt wrote of Huber. “These wines are pure, fresh and aromatic, and really vivacious and transparent on the palate. They are less rich and powerful than in former years and need at least three years to develop their talents.” So, then, it's time.