Becker Family 2018 Pinot Gris (skin-contact), Pfalz, Germany
Friedrich Becker Family 2018 Pinot Gris, Pfalz, Germany
Newcomer of the Year in 2006 and for eight of the last nine years the estate produced Germany’s top Pinot Noir as chosen by Gault-Millau. For many years now, the Becker estate located in Schweigen, very far south of the Pfalz on the border of Alsace, has been one of the top Pinot Noir producers in Germany. The best Becker Pinot Noirs compare favorably with the best Burgundy has to offer.
- Winemaker: Fritz Wilhelm Becker (7th Generation!)
- Farming: Sustainable
- Variety: Pinot Gris (pours slightly copper to the pink tones of Pinot Gris skins)
- Terroir: Grown on rare limestone soil with heavy topsoil of loam and clay. The vines are 15 to 39 years old and do grow low yields around 45 to 65 hl per hectare. It is a curious fact, that most of the wines are located on today’s French side of the border but we are still allowed to produce German wine there as the family owns the vineyards for many generations already. (Almost 70% of their vineyards are located in Alsace!)
- Vinification: The grapes were hand-harvested and destammed. Before pressing, the grapes were macerating for 12 to 24 hours days to extract all the flavors and aromas from the grape-skins into the juice. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 2400 liter oak-barrels and afterwards let on lees for almost 5 months after fermentation to gain even more flavor and complexity trough the lees-contact.
- Tasting Note: Orchard fruit with cherry blossoms.