Hans-Peter Ziereisen is quick-thinking and full of energy, and his wines get better every year. After a love affair with new oak early this century, he has tempered its use so that it subtly supports, rather than dominating the wines. Based close to the Swiss and French borders just north of Basel, he makes a selection of Pinot Noirs (and a host of other varietals) that offers both purity and value. His vineyards are on a south-facing slope overlooking Basel, the vines grow at an elevation between 250 and 400 metres, and there is a constant breeze, allowing slower ripening. He does not chaptalise, and uses 10% – 20% new wood across the range. The musts are handled very gently, with no punching down and little extraction. The wines are breathtakingly pure and long-lived.
We are excited to have discovered this wine for you! It is complex, with a smoky, stony minerality - not surprising when the vineyard is on the site of a former quarry! - and delicate stone fruit. The wine has been for 22 months on its fine less which gives almost a Chablis-esque feel to it. On the palate it is dry, medium bodied, has a combination of lemon skin, melon, and apple flavours finishing smoothly with delicate white blossom. A real stunner at this price point!