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February 12, 2010

Riesling Kalkmergel trocken, Pfalz

Riesling Kalkmergel trocken 2008
Bernhart, Pfalz, Germany
8,50 € ex winery

Shining yellow color with green hints, rather intensive. Nose is rather intensive with notes of grapefruit, ripe citrus, some golden delicious, and mineral. Palate: Dry. Same fruits and the minerality, towards little creamy. With its high acidity very nice and fresh, at the same time very balanced. Medium bodied with a long lasting, fresh finish. 12,5 % abv.

I really like this wine a lot, the minerality adding a wonderful dimension to the fruityness. Not an expensive wine, it gave me a lot for the money.

I asked Gert Bernhart about how the wine was done. He was kind and wrote back to me (I have translated it from German): "2008 was a vintage with a long vegetation period, asking for a lot of patience. The Kalkmergel wines were harvested in 3 terms: end of September the first grapes for the base wines for Sekt. Middle of October the grapes for the lighter wines were taken in. 6th of November 2008 the last, small, golden-yellow grapes were harvested. The wines fermented slowly until mid of Dec., while remaining on its lees. Stainless steal tanks were used. Bottled in April 2009."

The Bernhart estate is a rather new member (since 2002) of the prestigious VDP. This information about the 'Weingut' is taken from the 100-year-book of the VDP:
Area of vineyards: 14,8 ha. Production: 110.000 bottles / year. Best vineyard site (Lage): Schweigener Sonnenberg. Grape varieties: Spätburgunder (German version of Pinot Noir), Riesling, White and Grey Burgundy, Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Cabernet/Merlot.

2/3 of the vineyards are situated in the neigboring French Alsace area, because they were in the family's possession since 1900. Cross-border wine culture, influenced by German-French history leaving its marks.

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