Hanspeter 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. His vineyards are on a south-facing slope overlooking Basel, the vines grow at an altitude 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.
Ziereisen has proven it with its Syrah shoreline: in southern Baden it is sunny enough for a grape variety that otherwise likes to grow in southern France and Australia. The bouquet of this visionary red wine inspires with aromas of blackberries, dark flowers, pepper and vanilla. The Gestad Syrah from the Ziereisen winery tastes juicy and fresh and leaves fine-grained, aromatic tannins that give off a chocolate aftertaste. This exceptional wine ripened for 18 months partly in new, partly used barriques and was bottled unfiltered.