AKA "THE RESERVE" - listed as Pinot Noir instead of (Spätburgunder) on the label - that is the difference.
Overview of the Wine
At Shelter, as with Enderle & Moll, we have two people with a vision that puts thoughtfulness in the vineyard and clarity in the wine above yields in the vineyard and alcohol in the wine. The results are unlike all the others.
But ignoring the cooperatives for a moment, if you’ve heard anything about “quality” German Pinot Noir and Baden as a whole, you’ve likely heard someone say “Kaiserstuhl.” This region in Baden – a collection of volcanic hills toward the south – is where the “famous” German Pinots have come from, at least in the last few decades. It’s a hot place, and twenty years ago this factor was probably important for ripening. Not so much anymore, let’s just say that. Although the region is trying to redefine itself, for many the “Kaiserstuhl” has become synonymous with over-oaked, unbalanced and high-alcohol Pinot Noir – as if success for German red wine would be achieving the international plushness of Merlot grown in Portugal.
The vineyards of Hans-Bert and Silke (as well as Sven Enderle and Florian Moll) are north of the Kaiserstuhl. To be fair, they’re only about a half-hour north. But a lot changes in those thirty-or-so minutes. First, you have a much cooler microclimate, with the Black Forest cooling down the area. Second, the volcanic soils of the Kaiserstuhl give way to limestone and loess. You can likely see where this is going: Pinot Noirs with lower alcohols and higher acidities.
Grape / Blend
Pinot Noir from Shelter Winery comes from locations in Malterdingen and Kenzigen, a real Breisgau wine. It's dense, luscious, spicy and has an incredible amount of potential. Black cherry, cassis, cinnamon, criollo cocoa, and light toasted notes. Matured in barriques and bottled unfiltered. It's perfect for maturing longer.
93 Points - Ian Blackburn
Spätburgunder comes with an expectation - if you have had it before, this does not disappoint! Absolutely lovely Spätburgunder - aka Pinot Noir.
The color is light - consistent with a cooler growing area, the nose is soft, restrained and dotted with minerality, and pure pinot noir nuance - spices, cherry, and forrest floor. Soft, elegant, and light wooded - with soft oak nuances (not over done) - amazing acidity that is refreshing with food and stimulating. An excellent top quality effort from a smaller and notable producer - Color 13/15, Aromas 23.5, Body 23.5, Overall Impression 33 = 93 points
Product size: 750ml