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2016 Salwey Pinot Noir Estate: Baden, Germany


Tasting Notes

Savory notes of dried thyme and bramble mingle into ripe blackberry on the nose here. The palate is full bodied and voluptuous, marked by ripe but muted black cherry flavors and rambling mineral tones. Finishes on soft, persistent tannins.

Winery Details

The Salwey estate from Oberrotweil in the Kaiserstuhl area of Baden is situated in Germany’s most sun-drenched region atop an extinguished volcano not far from Switzerland and across the Rhein from Alsace. The estate is truly a family operation. Viticultural roots of the family date back to the 18th century. The winery, however, was founded in 1950 by Benno Salwey in Oberrotweil. In 1985 his son Wolf-Dietrich took charge and in 2011, his eldest son Konrad assumed ownership and today is responsible for managing the estate.

Salwey is committed to the classic Kaiserstuhl varietals; Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Konrad is known for experimentation, to take chances with new techniques and procedures in the interest of advancing the style of vinification. His particularly strong affection and passion is reserved for Pinot Gris, truly the flagship of the estate.

The wines are always fermented completely dry and always characterized and defined by the Loess and vulcanic soil of the area. During the fermentation process nature is allowed time and space without ever leaving the process to chance. “We require the absolute highest standards in tending to our vineyards. 100% of the selection is performed by hand and fermentation is done exclusively with natural yeast mostly in big “ovals”. We avoid fining of the wines and almost always bottle without filtration.”

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Salwey Estate - Konrad Salwey

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir (a.k.a. Spätburgunder)

Style: Red, dry

Origin: Oberrotweil, Kaiserstuhl, Baden, Germany

Vinification: Cold maceration for 7 days, 14-day fermentation on the skins with natural yeasts. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Wine is bottled without filtration.

Aging: 12 months in seasoned oak barrels (burgundy-style barrique)

% ABV: 13%