Edel says jokingly of this wine, “it’s slimmer and dancing like me!” And, yes, it’s only 12.5%, aged for 20 months in mostly old barrels, and it’s made from mostly de-stemmed fruit. This is beautifully ripe, superbly balanced and has cherry fruit, lovely spice, perfectly judged tannins and as it’s a “pure limestone” wine, it has mouth-watering minerality too.
94 points! Tschuppen is the other significant pinot noir in the Ziereisen range. Tschuppen and Schulen sounds like an old, German rock and roll song. About 20% whole bunch in the mix, the rest are de-stemmed, sorted, single berries. Organic producer from Baden, with minimal intervention winemaking as the winery calling card. Exotic perfume showing anise, earth, amaro herbs, red and black cherry, pickled cherry. It’s got lots going on. Glossy, silky textured thing. It’s got great presence, fullness of flavour, satiny-texture, impressive length and fine finish. It’s a layered, complex, intriguing. beguiling wine. Mike Bennie, Wine Front, Dec 23rd 2016.