Sand & Kalkstein 2019
This cuvée is a mariage of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc.
The Chardonnay comes from the vineyard named Pastorei, and, although Pastorei lays directly opposite the winery, it belongs to Bretzenheim and not to Kreuznach. Another part of the Chardonnay originates from Im Kahlenberg, which is rich on red and yellow sandstone. Weißburgunder was planted in the Kreuznacher Narrenkappe – another vineyard with sandstone as prime soil.
The grapes were harvested by hand and brought to the winery in small containers. We apply a whole cluster pressing, to create more delicate wines. The grapes fermented spontaneously in a temperature-controlled manner in stainless steel, before ripening on full yeast and later on the lees in stainless steel, as well as crafted in oak barrels with 2,600 L capacity.
The Sand & Limestone 2019 shines – the effect is gained through a bright yellow color. The cuvée smells elegant, juicy and delicately spicy. It starts with notes of green and yellow pears, accompanied by subtle hints of honeydew melon and vineyard peach. There is some stone next to the fruit and nuts, accompanied by a hint of lemon and apple peel.
Chardonnay and Weißburgunder in a blend provide a creamy texture on the palate. The fruit is reminiscent of ripe pears. It is permeated with a ripe and subtle acid. In addition to the silky, creamy aspect, you also get the impression that something piquant and tangy resonates – that provides the wine with an additional non-slip texture on the palate. This component, reminiscent of nuts and shells, also adds an additional dimension to the taste of Sand & Kalkstein Cuvée.