Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Localization: Nahe, Germany
Tasting Notes: An unusual white dry-style Pinot Noir from free-run juice, the wine presents a good firm structure.
Food Pairing: A perfect match for strong Indian and Asian spiced dishes. Also fantastic with a spiced duck leg, dishes with acidic sauces, roasted vegetables and soft cheeses.
The Domain: The vineyards, spread out along the Nahe valley, offer a wide variety of characteristic wines, reflecting the influence of the different soil structures and the varying microclimates. In fact, two of these single sites are solely owned by the Anheusers, namely Pfingstweide in Niederhausen and in den Felsen in Schlossboeckelheim.
The Anheuser's family tree dates back to the year 1627 when an Anheuser lived in Kreuznach and was known as an owner of vineyards. At the end of the 19th Century, Rudolf Anheuser extended the vineyards of the estate beyond the boundaries of the town of Bad Kreuznach. Rudolf Anheuser was the first grower in the Nahe region to start the cultivation of vineyards planted exclusively with Riesling. Rudolf's son Paul continued the family tradition, and today Rudolf and Paul (no coincidence) are the 14th generation to own and manage the estate. Their mother, Dorothee, ably assists them. It was one of their ancestors that started a brewery in St. Louis, which gained some measure of notoriety. The vineyards, spread out along the Nahe valley, offer a wide variety of characteristic wines, reflecting the influence of the different soil structures, such as porphyry or red sandstone, and the varying microclimates, especially on the upper Nahe with its incredibly steep rocky formations.
The wines mature in old oak casks in cool underground vaulted cellars. Recent vintages typify the regional character of Nahe wines, marked by fine, crisp acidity, mineral flavors and plenty of concentration; fuller bodied than Mosel and livelier than Rheinhessen wines. Despite old traditions, new innovative wines have been recently introduced, with a larger percentage of dry-style wines, such as the dry Blanc de Noir, classified as white wine yet produced 100% from Pinot Noir. The Stelvin closure has also been introduced since the 2007 vintage.