Thorle, Spatburgunder, 2013.

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In 2006 Christoph and his brother Johannes have worked together, having left their jobs, to take care of the family domaine in Saulheim, a little inland from Oppenheim and the mighty Rhine. The vineyards lie on a mixture of light clay, limestone red sandy loam and in places flint and schist. All vineyard management is now undertaken organically with a move to biodynamic imminent, a brave step given that a lot of producers still believe this to be akin to witch craft. In the cellar, the work in the vineyard is allowed to sustain by allowing natural ferments and minimal handling.
The grapes were harvested by hand at optimum ripeness and after fermentation the wine spends 10 months in old oak barrels to enhance texture and mouthfeel. Intense aromas of wild berries and cherries with fine ripe tannins and delicate hints of spicy oak.
£15.88