Get to know: Hanewald-Schwerdt, Spatburgunder Kalkofen Trocken
Lively fruit with notes of sour cherry and nuances of mint. Good structure and complexity. Cool, spice style of Pinot with nice minerality. A chocolate and savoury dark-olive finish. The oldest Pinot Noir vines at the Hanewald-Schwerdt estate grows in the Leistadter Kalkofen on small terraces facing down into the natrual reserve called Berntal. Low yield, hand picking in the morning, open fermentation, cold soak before fermentation starts, since 2013 wild ferments, three punch downs a day to keep the grape skins in contact with the juice/wine, malolactic fermentation and aging in new french oak barrels for 24 month.
The family owned and operated estate Hanewald-Schwerdt was founded in 1955 in Leistadt. Today Thomas Hanewald & Stephan Schwerdt took over the family buisness which was established by their grandfather. The two cousins focus on Riesling and Pinot Noir. Pinot Blanc is the second most important white variety. The secret of their handcrafted wines is a unique limestone reef which dominates all the sites arround Leistadt. A hidden treasure away off the beaten track. The vines are old and surrounded by a protected natural resort in the shade of the Haardt mountains.