Thomas and Annette Borell-Diehl and their winemaking son Georg can trace their family history back to 1619. Their house is on a tight bend in the picturesque village of Hainfeld between Neustadt and Landau, on the Weinstrasse (Wine Street) that runs alongside the forest – the northern end of the Vosges.
Access into their house and winery was so tight that they recently built a new, larger cellar on the edge of the village. They have 32 hectares and, like many in the area, make a wide range of wines including Riesling, Weisser Burgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio) and Pinot Noir/Spatburgunder. They have multiple dry Riesling bottlings from different soils; Bundsandstein (colourful sandstone), Muschelkalk (chalk, thick with fossil deposits) and Schiefer (slate). Their entry-level dry Riesling, in litre bottles, is zesty and limey – a thirst quencher. The Weisser and Grauer Burgunders are creamy and broad.
The Pinot Noirs are fabulous.The Pinot Noir 2017 is made in 10-12 year-old big oak barrels, so there is no discernible presence of oak notes. Perfumed, expressive and intense. Their Kupperwolf (copper wolf) is from a single vineyard and raised in a new French oak barrique. All their Pinot Noirs spend 4-5 days soaking on their skins. There is some whole bunch fermentation, depending on the vintage.
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