Von Winning NV Riesling Sekt, Extra Brut, Pfalz, Germany

Von Winning NV Riesling Sekt, Extra Brut, Pfalz, Germany

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Von Winning NV Riesling Sekt, Extra Brut, Pfalz, Germany

The fact that this estate is crafting some of the very best dry wines  in Germany is no fluke, but rather a result of nearly obsessive winemaker Stephan Attman’s commitment to both dedicated cultivation of Deidesheim and Forst’s best sites, and meticulous work in the cellar. Under the same ownership and winemaking team, the Dr. Deinhard label is designated for fruity styles vinified in stainless steel while the Von Winning label is reserved for the Grosses Gewächs sites vinified dry and in wood. Von Winning maintains some of the oldest parcels in Grosses Gewächs vineyards smattered across Forst, Deidesheim, and Ruppertsberg. Attman’s every decision is informed by great enthusiasm and experiences at estates in the Cote d’Or and abroad. For example, Attman’s newer vines  are planted at a very high vine density- 9500 vines per hectare, as  opposed to the more typical less than 5000. This creates competition  amongst the vines, forcing the roots to grow deep, naturally reducing  yields. Attman has adopted the single cane trellising system, prevalent  in Burgundy, and Grosses Gewächs wines ferment in 500mL French barrels.  Von Winning practices organic and sustainable viticulture. Attmann describes his winemaking as “not doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.” 

Farming: Organic

Winemaker: Stephan Attman

Varieties: Riesling

Terroir / Soil: Chalky, loess-clay soils and red sandstone

Vinification: Stainless steel tanks used for first fermentation, then secondary fermentation in the bottle. Left on the lees for 24-28 months. 

Tasting Notes: Dry and energetic, this German sparkler had aromas of soft citrus, mandarin, quince, jasmine flower and a zippy, mineral finish.

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