Winemakers: Annette Borell, Thomas Diehl, George Diehl
Terroir: estate-owned sites composed of sandstone, muschelkalk (limestone) and loess
Vinification: Hand-harvested, tank-fermented
Tasting Nores: This is Pinot in a modern, easy style with modest alcohol, fresh cherry themed fruit and a lip-smacking finish.
The timbered home that houses this family-owned estate in Hainfeld, Germany was built in 1619, but the estate in its current form is far more recent than that. In 1990, Annette Borell and Thomas Diehl married and created Borell-Diehl by joining their families' three wineries into one. Starting with a total of 5 hectares (12 acres), they have since expanded to 135 acres of vineyards, all within 5km of Hainfeld, about 1/2 hour drive from Deidesheim. Their holdings are in a complex geology of loess, limestone, red sandstone, with deposits of minerally muschelkalk (limestone) in some sites.
Annette and Thomas' oldest son George is now poised to take over leadership at the estate. Having staged at important German wineries like Rebholz (Pfalz) Wittmann (Rheinhessen), and Von Volxem (Saar), as well as an internship in New Zealand in 2016, he will continue the winery's focus on quality wines of extraordinary value.