This is an exciting new estate, which has been established with the vineyards and assistance of Friedrich Baumann, who has now retired. Dr Karl Heyden founded the estate in 1999 with his wife, Anita and their two sons, Frank and Harry. Frank has completed his studies at the famous Geisenheim viticultural institute, and has already convinced the German critics. This young talented generation is already crafting great wines from these highly rated vineyards. Sadly, Dr Karl Heyden died in 2005.
Traditional and meticulously detailed cultivation of the vines with strict pruning, careful soil & foliage management, low yields and selective hand-picking, are coupled with modern technology in the cellars, fermentation taking place in stainless steel under controlled temperature conditions.
A serious Germany dry red pinot noir with firm structure, expressive real pinot characteristics and fine maturing potential, “unadulterated” by new wood. 2015 was a great year with a long Summer. Fine weather during harvest time enabled a solid physiological ripeness and that coupled with careful selection with discarding of fruit that was unripe or suffering from sour rot, produced fine, mineral-driven wines with firm structure.Dark berries and earthy flavors mingle in this medium bodied Pinot. Tannins are quite gentle, the wine is open now and should keep for several more years.