Liesl’s vineyards lie in the Southern Pfalz region of Germany, where Pinot Noir thrives. The soils are deep loess-loam, which means sandy, chalky and clay. Perfect for Pinot Noir. The vineyard area in the southern part of the Pflaz receives significantly greater sunlight hours and warmth during the summers than most German wines regions. As Anne Krebiehl of Wine Enthusiast Magazine says, “Pinot Noir loves marginal climates. Which is to say, it loves warm sites in cool regions. This is the paradox behind the variety’s most poetic and captivating expressions.” Liesl Pinot achieves ideal ripening in this terroir, while the still relatively northern and continental climate maintains acidity and balance.
Liesl Pinot Noir is100% hand-harvested from small plots with a maximum production capacity of 1,200 9L cases. The wine undergoes a cooler maceration in stainless steel tanks using the pump-over technique for maximum extraction. The wine is then transferred to large oak barrels which help “flesh out” the Pinot Noir without imparting too much “oaky” character to the wine. Liesl then spends several months in bottle before leaving the winery.
Aromas of black cherry and dark fruits are accented by cranberry and savory notes. Allspice, cinnamon and clove come through on the mid-palate with the sweet yet savory flavors continuing. A nice acidity frames the wine, with a touch of oak spices and the red and dark fruit aromas and flavors carrying through on the finish.
Mosel is the most famous of Germany's 13 official wine regions. The Romans planted the first vineyards along the Mosel river and the city of Trier around the second century. Today, this region is known for its steep slopes overlooking the rivers, on which the vineyards are planted. Bremmer Calmont, located in the town of Bremm, has an incline of up to 68°; it has often been cited as the steepest vineyard site in the world.
The Mosel has a very cool, northern continental climate, and such slopes are very effective in optimizing the vines' exposure to sun, facilitating the ripening of the grapes. The best sites also take advantage of the solar radiation reflecting off the rivers' surface and onto the vines, and the dark slate soil's ability to absorb heat during the day and radiate it back to the vines at night.
The region follows the path of the Mosel river from its confluence with the Rhine river near Koblenz, upstream and south-west to Germany's border with Luxembourg and France. This region also includes the Saar and Ruwer tributaries, and was formerly known as Mosel-Saar-Ruwer until August 2007, when the name was officially shortened to Mosel. Some of the famous wine villages along the valley include Bernkastel, Brauneberg, Erden, Graach and Piesport, to name but five, and the region boasts some of the finest and most picturesque vineyards in Europe.
- Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
- 13% ABV
- pH 3.2