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2020 Brand ‘The Electric Chardonnay Acid Test’: Pfalz, Germany


Tasting Notes

This German white will put white Burgundian wines to the test! Literally. Chardonnay from this part of Pfalz comes with a tad more acidity, making this wine truly electrifying! Young-vine Chardonnay that is ripe, yet sizzles with energy and acidity. And just to make sure that the wine delivers, the small addition of Riesling to the cuvée turbo-charges everything, heightening and sharpening the aromatics, making the wine perfumed and even more explosive.

Winery Details

In combination with the optimal climatic conditions at the Haardtrand, healthy and juicy grapes are growing there in natural equilibrium. The vigorous vineyards at the beginning of the German Weinstraße (i.e. wine road) of Northern Palatinate give rise to wines full of character and of genuine organic quality.

The young winemakers use the power of nature: plant-based products like herbal extracts or tea are used to strengthen the vines. Clover and wild herbs are intended to attract bees and other useful insects to the sites. This creates a greater variety of species and makes the vineyards more vigorous. Thus, the grounds stay healthy and fertile.

The fermentation starts spontaneously with wild yeasts. After the fermentation a long time on the lees is obligatory for the brothers. The decision to bottle the wine isn’t based on a fix date, each wine needs his own time and the decision to bottle is only made by taste. The natural wines are produced without any additives and without any filtration this generates lively wines.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Weingut Brand

Grape(s): 90% Chardonnay and 10% Riesling

Style: White, dry

Origin: Sonnenberg, Bockenheim, Pfalz, Germany

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested. Fermented in stainless steel vats with indigenous yeasts.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel vats.

% ABV: 12%