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The fully mature grapes are hand-picked at the ideal moment of ripeness during the harves season. After they are sorted, destemmed and crushed in wine cellar. The must is fermented spontaneously on the skins for 3-4 weeks. The cap is punched down manually three times each day (pigeage). After fermentation the wine is pressed with low pressure, settled and transferred to French 225l oak barrels. Following the completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine stays in the barrels for 20 months. Bottled unfiltered without racking or fining at 13.5% alc.
Tasting Note from the estate : "Very intense clear aromas of dark on the nose. Morello cherries and wild raspberries. Fresh on the palate with a touch of herbal mint, precise acidity and a long mineral-salty finish. Very animating - pure Pinot Noir!"
Weingut Thörle is a 16th century estate (1517) in the village of Saulheim in the bullseye center of the Rheinhessen. Since 2006 it has been under the ownership of brothers Christoph and Johannes Thörle who manage 19ha in three grand cru vineyards: Saulheimer Hölle, Saulheimer Schlossberg, and Saulheimer Probstey. The soils are a mix of calcareous limestone and clay with loess top soils. They farm organically here, DE certified as of 2022, growing Riesling, Silvaner, and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) with a smattering of French grapes like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Vinifications are primarily in small French barrels. Their dry Rieslings are firm and commanding, ripe-fruited yet precise as needlepoint in their minerality. As far as the wine world is concerned, however, this is one of the greatest Pinot Noir estates in Germany. Their grand crus are opulent, terroir-expressive and beautifully balanced. Their village and estate wines are rippling with black fruit and satin-textured in a style unlike other German Pinots we have tasted. They are wines of confidence and ambition.
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