Silberberg in Ahrweiler has steep slopes that curve like a parabolic mirror with the centre facing southwards, such exposition offers optimum growing conditions for Spätburgunder. The estate connects upper Ahr with its slate and greywacke soil down to the loess and loam of lower Ahr. The vineyards are planted at an altitude of 110-180m.
The Spätburgunders produced from this vineyard are full of character. The greywacke adds a fine fruity note whereas the loess adds the complex body to it.
Vinification: Old vines are carefully managed during a strict pre-harvest reduction process, leaving only the best fully ripened grapes.
Once the 30 ha estate in harvested, grapes are gentle pressed, the wine is then matured in Barrique (70% new) oak barrels for 16 months. Once bottled the wine is left to rest for further 6 months.
Description: Meyer-Näkel's Spätburgunder Grand Cru Dry red wine is full of character with beautiful aromas of cherries and red berries intertwined with subtle herbaceous notes and chocolate. A complex, multi-layered wine, its acidity and tannin structure ensures immense tension on the palate.
Tasting notes by Tamlyn Currin
Tamlyn is part of renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson’s team - she is an excellent wine writer and manages the organisation’s tasting notes.
"They've been making wine since 2015 from this vineyard. 40-year-old vines, mix of clones, and they're working pretty much organically with no herbicides or fertilisers. Meike Näkel does cold maceration and the fermentation starts spontaneously. 18 months in barrique, 60% new.
Really spicy nose with a hint of cedar, and then utterly gorgeous on the palate. A kaleidoscope; transparent, jewelled, glowing like a stained-glass window in the evening sunlight. It feels like a fine glass bauble in the mouth. Cranberry and pomegranate with cinnamon and pepper, baharat spice. Fine-boned tannins. Complex yet it moves with lightness and grace. All in harmony. Long."
Res Sugar: 0.1 g/l
Acidity: 5.3 g/l