Succulent flavours of pineapple and guava, this dry Grauburgunder is pinned by an oily texture. The low acidity is framed by attractive mineral notes inviting the palate to a flexible finish.
Producer: Weingut Harald Hexamer.
Region: Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg, Nahe - Germany.
Brand: Grauburgunder, Trocken.
Variety: Grauburgunder, Pinot Gris.
Quality category: Deutscher Qualitätswein.
Vineyard: 33ha. 70% Riesling vines, other varieties include Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Spätburgunder. First main manual harvest of outer buds, followed by trimming; second harvest happens later when the last buds are ripe. Careful grape selection & destemming. The soil is composed of red sandstone, slate with deposit of quartzite minerals, volcanic soil “Porphyr”. Large diurnal range and temperatures benefit the ripening process. Frosts, strong winds and wild animals (eating the buds) can be a threat for the vines, but the vines are treated and protected like a “baby”, describes Harald Hexamer.
Winemaking: Whole clusters pressing, fermentation with native yeast only at low temperature (12 °C), no dosage, racking , and maturation in oak from Hunsrück forest that were seasoned for 5 years. Acidity 5,7g/l and residual sugar 5,9g/l.
Story: Harald and Petra Hexamer took over the vineyard in the early 90’s and their philosophy is that quality depends on the terroir and the manual work. High quality wines depend on optimum vine growth and soil composition. No fossil fuels used and solar energy installed in 2015.
Label: Burgundian bottle shape. Hexamer shape logo on the screw cap, two around the neck and upper centered on the label with the name of the estate, region, vintage, variety, style and the terroir. Contact details included at the bottom of the label.
Accolade: Riesling 2011 Gault Millau 91/ 2014 Falstaff 91 /2018 JS 90 & 2019 JS 91./Landwirtschaftskammer Rheinland-Pflalz for Wine in Moderation 2018.
Translated from German to English by Susana Kawai