100% Gutedel (AKA Chasselas), from Baden, Germany. Sustainably farmed, No chemical pesticides or herbicides.
Ziereisen is located in the very southern part of Baden in a town called Efringen-Kirchen, directly on the Rhine river at the border of Alsace and Switzerland. The area is called Markgräflerland; another name is the Dreiländereck – the “three country corner”: Basel, Switzerland is the closest city, just 15 kilometers south. Here, Hanspeter and his wife Edel produce outstanding Pinot noir and Chasselas (also called Gutedel or Fendant) as well as a bit of Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Blanc.
“Our philosophy is that wines should reflect their provenance as purely as possible. This is why we treat our vines and wines with great care by minimizing chemical treatments and filtration. In the vineyards, we try to make use of the traditions that our ancestors passed along to us." Chemical fertilizers and sprays are strictly avoided in the vineyard, though this estate is not certified organic.
VINIFICATION: After an initial selection in the vineyard, grapes are sorted again in the cellar. Following this rigorous selection, the fruit is fermented spontaneously in neutral wood, and sees time on the lees for as much as 20 months before bottling. Hanspeter uses regular battonage in order to obtain the concentration and body he’s looking for. Two years in large (3,000 liter) cask, the site is limestone, high-elevation and windy; the wine has a refined aroma and a superb palate; it isn’t sous-voile but tastes as if it were made in the Jura, all the way to the curious minerality peeking around the back of those wines. A remarkable Chasselas from Jurassic chalk soils, the Viviser was basket-pressed and vinified for 20 months in traditional large oak casks to end up bone-dry and with 11.5% alcohol.
TASTING NOTES: Bright, pure and fresh on the still-reductive, yeasty-dominated nose, with perfectly ripe yellow & citrus fruit aromas, along w/ a fine saline note. This is a pure, fresh and persistently salty Gutedel (a.k.a. Chasselas). The wine is light yet has considerable tension, pure and fresh, with lemon rind, green apple and stony notes on the tightly knitted finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Fresh Seafood, Crunchy Greens, Fried Food, Aperitif, Alpine Cheese, Cheese Fondue, Raclette