Dr. Heger Rappenecker 2015
There are only 2 barrels of this wine. An exclusivity. The Rappenecker is a cooler location with a high lime content in the volcanic Winklerberg. Winklerberg is Germany's hottest location. The Rappenecker is about 30-50 meters higher than the Vordere Winklerberg. It is also more around the steep slope. Extremely steep, located next to a piece of forest. Exposure southwest rather than south. After the "grass in the oven" the second coolest layer at Heger. It is a German clone. The fermentation takes place with cold maceration for 3-4 days. Then about 25% freshly harvested, unrefined whole grapes are added. The whole thing is then fermented in the open wooden fermentation stand, then expanded in the new barrique. The vines were planted in the 1960s. Dense planting of approx. 7000 sticks per hectare. In 2015 the result was only 500 grams per vine. That is only 5-6 grapes per vine. In 2015 there were extremely small berries, i.e. a high proportion of peel to the proportion of juice. The nose of the 2015 is very good to compare with that of the 2013. Total spicy blackness, almost Dujac style. Something from Burgundy and at the same time the combination of sweet, red cherry, graphite, elder, juniper, black olives. The wood comes from the three superstars Taransaud, Francois Frères and Chassin. The subtlety in the wine is the most striking thing. Floating and yet this rapping. Concentrated, packaged raspberry. In the mouth, however, salt, length and pressure. Great acidity, very fresh, very minerally long. Superber Pinot Noir from Germany, really very German and a real highlight in it for years. I would think that he has kept his style over the past three years and is somewhat more concentrated in 2015 than in 2016. But basically we have been at the same high level for 3 years.