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Dreissigacker Wunderwerk Spätburgunder

Wonnegau, Rheinhessen

Dreissigacker

Jochen Dreissigacker has caused a considerable stir both in his native Germany and abroad, winning high praise and points wherever his wines are sold...

His 21 hectares of vineyards are based in the Rheinhessen which is currently undergoing what might be termed a ‘Rheinhessen revival’ with Jochen at its forefront. From the 2010 vintage, Jochen‘s wines all have Organic certification and he also uses Biodynamic methods for much of his estate (although has chosen not to be certified). He reduced the yields in the vineyard and identified the best parcels of vines in order to vinify each separately. As expected of an Organic estate, his approach in the cellar is as natural as possible, using only wild yeasts to ferment the must and harvesting only fully ripe grapes (rather than chaptalising, or adding ‘süss-reserve‘ to sweeten the wines after vinification for the Auslese styles).

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Vineyards

Jochen’s approach in the winery is simple: to intervene as little as possible. Low yields and careful selection in the vineyard ensures excellent fruit and therefore wine. Wunderwerk translated means ‘wonder piece‘. Jochen named this wine Wunderwerk because the complexity achieved from relatively young vines (5-10 years old) is a wonder as he usually expects this level of complexity from his older vines.

Vintage information

Vintage 2011 was characterised by a warm spring, a wet summer and a dry autumn. After severe winter months with heavy snow in November and December 2010, the year began with a very mild January, leading to a thaw and subsequent flooding. February was sunny but dry which continued throughout March. April and May saw mild weather resulting in a huge deficit in rainfall, prompting an early flowering. Rainfall began in June and continued during August. High temperatures in late September and October enabled the grapes to ripen in time for harvest.

Vinification

The grapes are hand picked and de-stemmed. Fermentation takes place in large oak barrels  and after a short period of cold maceration to extract aroma. The wine is then aged in French and Austrian barrels (1/3 new and 2/3 used) for two years on its fine lees to give it structure. During its time on lees, the wines are in a reductive environment so Jochen is able to work the wine using less sulphur dioxide, in line with his organic ethos.

Tasting Notes

Ruby garnet in colour. Bright and attractive on the nose, this Pinot Noir has abundant raspberry, strawberry and spice aromas on the nose. The palate is racy with velvety tannins and a long finish - delicious!

Vintage information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Wonnegau, Rheinhessen
Winemaker Jochen Dreissigacker
Certification Organic 
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.1g/l
Residual Sugar 0.1g/l