Huber Schlossberg Pinot Noir Grosses Gewächs 2016

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Decanter – After the untimely death of his father Bernhard, young Julian Huber has continued in an even finer vein. Grown on a steep slope of weathered fossil limestone, this starts with restraint and leads onto a taut palate that reverberates with red-fruited verve and freshness. The tart fruitiness seems layered, presenting wave after wave of aromatic purity. A fine, firm, silken veil of tannin holds everything in place. The flavours echo long.

About This Wine

Medium-depth raspberry colour, pink rim. An enticing fragrance with notions of cassis, graphite and subtle spices has a very seductive quality. The palate follows up with plenty of juice, invigorating acidity, fresh fruit, subtle flinty minerality and a gentle notion of cedar spice.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Country Germany
Region Baden
Brand Huber
Vintage 2016

About German Wines

Germany is the world’s northernmost fine wine producing region and thus requires its vines to endure some of the coldest temperatures. Fortunately, the country’s star variety, Riesling, does well in cooler climates and can survive even these freezing winters.

Germany Riesling is classified by ripeness at harvest which is also used to indicate the wine’s level of residual sugar. Picking earlier means the grapes have less time to ripen and the corresponding wines will be on the drier side; while picking later gives the grapes the opportunity full ripen and produce a lusciously sweet Riesling. The classifications from driest to sweetest: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). While not as common to age white wines outside of Chardonnay, top tier German Rieslings can be aged for decades.

Other notable white grape varieties produced in Germany include Müller-Thurgau (a cross between Riesling and Madelaine Royale in the search for varieties that could withstand the extreme temperatures), Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The cooler German climate leads to earlier harvesting in general and gives German wines a distinctive character of higher acidity.

Historically red wine has always been harder to produce in the German climate. However, Pinot Noir grown in slightly warmer pockets of the country, has been highly successful in recent times. Going by the German name, Spätburgunder, German Pinot Noir can be elegant, structured and have vibrant acidity.

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