Helmut & Hedwig Dolde - Linsenhöfer Spätburgunder Fass 1 2015



Producer:  Helmut & Hedwig Dolde

Country:  Germany

Region:  Swabia

Subregion or Appellation: Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg)

Viticulture: Uncertified by any authority, Helmut Dolde is guided by his dedication to caring for the wild, alpine terroir he wants to preserve for future generations. Helmut eschews the organic movement—because it allows the use of copper sulfates—and focuses instead on leaving the soil in a better condition than he found it.  A former scientist, he’s constantly experimenting with synthetics that do less harm and are more biodegradable than treatments allowed under certain organic certifications. 

Terroir:  Mainly Jurassic (white and brown marl over sand and limestone) plus a small amount of volcanic soils

Varieties Grown:  Silvaner, Riesling, Spätburgunder, Pinot Noir, Schwarzriesling (Pinot Meunier), Weißburgunder, Sauvignon Blanc, Kerner, Dornfelder

Domaine Size: < 2 ha


Dark alpine fruit with a warm boozy lick

Grapes:  Spätburgunder

Vintage:  2015 Harvest

Fermentation:  open vat with punchdowns by hand 12 times a day over 4 weeks then gently pressed

Élevage:  2 years in 500L Swabian oak barrels

ABV: 13%

Notes:  ~20 year old vines, hand harvested, unfiltered, unfined, sulfur as needed, parcel of brown marl with clay