Located on steep, south-facing slopes two kilometres from where the Ruwer river meets...
the Mosel, the estate of Maximin Grünhaus has a history of viticulture dating from the Roman times. It takes its name from the Abbey of Saint Maximin, a Benedictine monastery which owned the land from the 7th to 18th century. Passing into French administration under Napoleon and then eventually to the von Schubert family in the late 19th century, the estate is now overseen by Carl von Schubert, who represents the fifth generation taking care of the vineyards.
The grapes for the Pinot Noir are cultivated in the Abtsberg vineyard which is the most famous and steepest vineyard of the estate, in places achieving gradients of 70%. Located directly outside the Castle Maximin Grünhaus, the soils are composed of blue Devonian slate.
The 2015 growing season in Germany was unusually hot and dry and whilst yields across the country met the ten-year average, in the Mosel, quality is especially promising albeit from yields which were 8% down on the previous vintage.
Following hand-harvesting, the grapes were fermented in open top tanks before maturing for more than 18 months in small French oak barriques (of which 20% were new oak). The 2015 delivers a slightly more full-bodied style than the 2014 vintage.
This balanced, aromatic pinot offers complex notes of red fruits, strawberry jam, a hint of soy sauce and clove (from time spent in oak). Delicately powerful on the palate with a long silky finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Pinot Noir|
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